Only a few days of the new year and we already completed a big promotional video for an awesome client, just in time for CES. The shoot on Friday went really well, we had our shot list and everyone was on time. Unfortunately there wasn’t a folding chair with my name on it but what can you do.
We decided to shoot at 3K, 16×9 so we could get the 47 fps to use for slow motion in post. What happened to the extra frame per second is anyone’s guess… The lighting was excellent and that RED really does make nice images.
We processed about 15 minutes (at 47fps) of 3K footage in roughly 7 hours which isn’t too bad if you know what to expect but also enough time to watch Titanic two times and cook a roast. It seems Adobe and Red have a new plug-in for native Red footage support but it is only for CS4 and I imagine it would be pretty CPU intensive.
Using RED’s software, I exported to QuickTime with the Pro Res codec at half resolution since you can’t down-res an image sequence and full resolution 3K would have been overkill for a 720p project.
Once in After Effects the keying was incredible, especially if you know the hassles of DV or HDV compression. After a month or so I may be able to show you what we came up with. I also used my animation preset for some of the camera moves too, you’ll be able to get your hands on it soon enough!