Will ACR support the various formats produced by digital cinema cameras like REDCODE, ARRIRAW and the other ones?
Support for Cineform RAW would be also welcome of course.
The RAW converters supplied by the manufacturers are no comparison IMHO to what ACR offers in terms of sheer image quality, tonal control (especially highlight recovery and rolloff) simple usability and lack of stuff like lens correction just to mention the most important things.
Coming from a photo background I would love to be able to process everything in ACR as a first light correction. :-)
I don't know if this is just a question of implementing it, maybe there are legal reasons aswell why REDCODE for example isn't supported?
I cannot speak for Adobe because I don't work for them, don't know any of them, and have no idea of what their business plan is. I'm just a user. But I suspect that those formats will not be supported because Lightroom and ACR are both technologies that have been designed for still image work. I suspect you would have to look at Adobe Premiere or other products to find support for those formats.
Jim, I know ACR was designed to be a still image RAW developer, but it would be a waste not to use it for many still images (a video is not more than that).
But since more and more video cameras are capturing RAW data a debayering suite like ACR will be necessary for video too. Instead of having an importer for every file format, ACR could substitute them with its superior quality and controls, since it already has almost everything that is needed for processing RAW video it would be unwise not to use it (I see use for compressed video from DSLRs for example too).
The only things that I can see that need to be changed are the denoising (needs a good temporal option aswell) and the ability to scrub through a clip and the possibility to create keyframe for the development settings.
I use ACR for timelapse (video) all the time, apart from the slow processing speed (which won't be a problem with future computers) basically everything is already there.
The next step would be directly apply rotobrushes to the RAW data, but even with a computer with the speed you would expect in a couple of years that is probably a bit farfetched (taking into account, that resolution will also at least slightly increase for video).
Premiere should have gotten still frame ACR support with CS6, some might even argue that it should have been in PP since CS5.5.
Too bad Chan, I think there is alot of unused potential, because I as mentioned in the first post, RAW formats are coming along more and more.
Are there plans for an equivalent to ACR for video (e.g a universal first light importer)?
I have to disagree on that one, a universal importer (that can be accessed from file a management application like Bridge for photos) for video files would make things alot easier. No matter what footage you import, you would always have the same controls and don't have to learn different suites like RedCine-X, the new F65 Raw Viewer or the ARRIRAW Converter. The Blackmagic cinema is going to ship in the next few weeks, the KineRAW S35, S16 and S8 should also arrive in the not so distant future aswell - not to mention existing cameras like the Dalsa Origin, or the Phantom series.
Kinda like what we can do with ACR for stills (and video if shot in single DNG files), so why reinvent the wheel?
Is this still true?
As of today there is now RAW converter for digital movie cameras that shoot RAW that has a fraction of the features ACR offers to all photographers. Especially lens corrections.