I've been shooting with the Scarlet for several months doing natural history TV work and since the camera had its 1K 720P update I've been shooting at this resolution a fair bit because a) it gives you a higher framerate of 90fps, which is useful for filming birds in flight and b) it allows you to get more telephoto, which allows me to cut a sequence that isn't just made out of mid shots. The onliners have come back to me and said that the footage is softer than that of the 720P Panasonic 900 Varicam (their A cam) even with sharpening applied. They've said the higher resolution stuff I've been shooting with the same lenses looks sharp. Since this is the first time we've all put a Red project through post I'd be grateful on people's opinions on whether they think it is true to say that 720P on the Red will be softer than 720P on a 900 Varicam. From what I'd been told about the robustness of the Red codec and the fact that it is a much newer codec than DVCPro HD, I was surprised and disappointed to be told this by our onliners.
I am still hoping that they will be proven wrong, which may be the case if the footage hasn't been sharpened adequately. I've had some tips on the forum before about sharpening 2K footage, but we can't seem to get this footage to sharpen up as well as the Varicam can output. I'd be really grateful if anyone could share their sharpening settings for 720P footage and also what software they use to do it. We seem to have had better results with the Sapphire plugin in FCP using a QuickTime, rather than with the Red file in RedCine X. The problem we have is that we are dealing with thousands of clips on a fast turnaround series so we're trying to find a global setting that can be applied to every clip and replicates the sharpening that the Varicam does in camera. I'd be grateful for any advice.