Congratulations on the success, Stephen.
I have just started to work with the RED, and must say that premier CS5 works flawlessly.
What was your workflow and process for final out put of the movie?
ie. was it output to film for example.
Glad to see its working good. Nice article.
What are the specs of the computer you are using to edit with.
Have you taken the PPBM5 to see how your system does compared to others ?
Because of the staggering amount of effects work, we didn't want to have extensive render farms, so we are exporting everything out of AE in prores HQ 444 1920x1080. We don't expects a huge theatrical release, so HD works fine on digital screens. If a major studio decides to do a wide release, we will consider re-rendering in 4K, but remember, Titanic was only 2K, and for an indie film that is plenty. 4K is a great space for rotoscoping & green screen, but no need to export 4K.
Just saw a screening at Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater last night, they used a Blue-Ray to play a film shot on Red. It looked glorious, as good as anything I have seen playing at the Arclight.
I speak from experience when I tell you that film-outs are wonderful for a filmmaker's ego, but a waste of money, especially when there are plenty of digital screens. Often the cost of the film-out, optical tracks and prints eat up your profit. For an indie film anyway.
We will do film outs for trailers, and that will be using Cineon.
CS5 Mac OS X 2 x 2.26 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon GTX 285
have not done the PPBM5.
film-outs are wonderful for a filmmaker's ego, but a waste of money
I have to admit I was skeptical myself of the whole 'digital revolution' in filmmaking, especially when it comes to projection. My first time in a digital theater, I saw exactly what I was afraid of - pixel structure.
Then the 'before movie' entertainment ended and the feature came on. Clearly the theater was using two different projectors, a low res (HD) for pre-screening, and a full on Digital Cinema projector (4k) for the main event. Once the movie came on, I knew I was worried over nothing. The picture was pristine, sharp, stable, with brilliant colors and no film artifacts like hairs, scratches or gate instabilities.
And the scary thing is that you can get those results simply projecting a BlueRay through a 4k projector.
It would be interesting to see that side by side with a 4k source. I wonder what differences I'd see.
That would be interesting. My guess is finer color shadings, more detail in wide shots.