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RED Color Correction in 1920 x 1080

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I shot by footage in RED MX. I brought that to FCP in 1920 x 1080.


For color correcting, I am planning to send from FCP to Apple Color. I am hearing from people that it would be best if I use the raw file 4K instead of 1920 x 1080 footage.


If I go with the 1920 x 1080 FCP file and not the raw footage, will the color correction look good? Is it a noticeable difference between color correcting RAW file and 1920 x 1080 file.


Mine is a 25 minute short film. Main purpose of this film is to send it to film festivals. So I am assuming my projection is going to be a regular theatre and not 4K projection.






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I'm no expert but the last time I colored in FCP on transcoded files, it came out with noticeable blocks in the shadows. Tried both transcoded redlogfilm and rg3/rc3.


Since I don't have cs5.5 and up, the way i avoid tjose artifacts, I cut in fcp and export the XML back to rcx or davinci lite.


Would also love to hear what expert recommend since my experience is purely amateur.

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If your shooting MX and editing off the proxies (not transcoded files) if I'm not mistaken the files will automatically link up to the raws as 2k files. I have never done this but I recently did some research on the whole online process and I'm pretty sure I read that.

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My approach would be to transcode the red files to some 10-bit, 4:4:4 high-bitrate intermediate codec with a nice flat technical grade at the target output resolution, and work from that. I should probably point out that I'd only do that because I take a pretty negative view of red and everything they've ever touched, and I'd want to get away from dependence on their workflow and their software absolutely as soon as possible.

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