From R3D (RAW) to ProRes 422 (Samurai) to Mpeg4 (h.264) and then finally to whatever Vimeo does....and....it still looks amazing :) Even if I do say so myself hehe ;)
Today was my first real trip out with the Scarlet...I've created a Frankenstein rig from parts and pieces and I'm fricken loving it. With enough batteries to last me 4 hours, I'm finally able to get out there and SHOOOOT!!! It's been WAY too long!!
The good thing is while I was waiting for my RED to be up and running, Grass Valley have been cooking up some AMAZING new features for EDIUS. Aside from a fully fledged 3D tool set, EDIUS now supports RED natively! But even better than that (well maybe), it supports full 10-BIIIIIIIIT PROCESSING!!! OMG!! The difference between working in 8-bit versus working in 10-bit is phenomenal. Don't take my word for it, go to grassvalley.com/products/editors and download the beta version for yourself! Due to be released soon as a fully functioning and stable version, EDIUS will once again rule the world of NLE's :)
So anyway, the Scarlet is amazing. Absolutely amazing. The detail it captures makes you think a DSLR is soft in comparison...I'm not even joking. Not to mention the COLOR this thing can see....the RAW files are absolutely ridiculously amazing and completely free of artifcating, macro blocking, moire, aliasing, banding, etc. But maybe you're asking....isn't 4K overkill!?? And my answer is DEFINITELY not. Get this....so you are shooting 4x1080p..that's right.....FOUR times the resolution that we are used to, so what happens when you downscale that to 1080p? You get the detail I'm talking about. Just like Alexa (which records from a 3.5K sensor) and the C300 (which records from a 4k sensor)...the final output at 1080p is so crammed full of detail that it makes an image actually captured AT 1080p look soft. So, shooting and capturing 4K isn't just about having the ability to have your work finished at modern cinema resolutions....it's the crunching down to 1080p that gives your imagery that super fine, super delish detail that you just don't see on other HD cameras.
So then there's 60p at 2K......I'll post a clip that will convince you of how amazing that is too....this camera is expensive and you have to wait 12 years until you get one, but, dare I say...it's worth it.
Too much red bull...
p.s. A big thanks to Cool Ethan for modeling for me on this shoot...he's a gun :)
p.p.s Don't pull me up on the shutter crimes....I'm saving for a decent set of ND's :)