Apple has posted the RED Workflows White Paper, a PDF document which outlines various options for RED-based post-production workflows with the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.
Dated June 2012, “RED Workflows with Final Cut Pro X”
describes proven workflows with REDCODE RAW files for Apple’s post-production video software for professionals.
The white paper shows professional production companies how to achieve excellent results when recording with RED cameras, editing in Final Cut Pro X, and finishing off their projects in applications such as DaVinci Resolve.
A complete RED-based post-production workflow is offered in eight major steps, starting with transcoding of REDCODE RAW files to Apple ProRes using REDCINE-X PRO.
Users will learn how to batch sync audio and video files; import synced files into Final Cut Pro X; edit and lock picture with Final Cut Pro X; export an XML file of the project from Final Cut Pro X.
Users will further obtain valuable advice on how to color grade the project in DaVinci Resolve using either high-quality Apple ProRes or R3D RAW files; export an XML file from DaVinci Resolve and import it back into Final Cut Pro X; and, finally, export a final master from Final Cut Pro X.
Apple ProRes is recommended for professionals looking to “debayer” and decompress to convert the original sensor data (RAW file), “because it’s a codec optimized for both quality and editing speed.”
“Apple ProRes is a full frame size, intra-frame codec designed to efficiently use multiple processors for playback and rendering,” the company explains.
“The free RED application REDCINE-X PRO supports Apple ProRes encoding, which can be accelerated using the RED ROCKET card. REDCINE-X PRO also allows you to apply a “one-light” color correction during the transcoding process, giving your footage a more finished look for editing and review,” says Apple.