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February 23, 2011

How to Use The Foundry's Storm to Color Correct RED Footage (Free This Week)

The Foundry is best known for high-end compositing tools like Nuke, but they're set to release their latest application, Storm, on March 1st. Storm is a much-needed low-cost "RED Production Hub," which will retail for the very reasonable price of $375 -- reasonable considering it's not only designed to help log and process the .R3D camera originals, but it's also meant to be a post-production solution that will take RED-based edits all the way through final color correction to delivery. If you're interested in the RAW workflow and want to play around with some .R3D files in Storm, here's your chance -- it's in free public beta until March 1. And if you don't have any .R3D files to work with, I've got you covered there as well:

To download some .R3D files -- many from the newer Mysterium-X sensor (as seen in The Social Network) -- check out the links at the bottom of this post (they're sizable files, so you may want to start downloading before you continue reading). Once you've got some .R3D shots on the way, take a look at Storm's interface and featureset in the following videos. It's not an editing application: you export to a proper NLE once you've organized and pre-graded your .R3D files, and then you roundtrip back into Storm once you've picture-locked for the final grade. It's very appealing, in my opinion:

http://vimeo.com/17325226

http://vimeo.com/17361059

I'm downloading .R3D files myself as I post this, but compared to Apple Color (in its current version, at least, with its largely-unchanged FinalTouch interface), I like the Storm interface a lot. Even when compared to higher-cost tools like Assimilate SCRATCH, Storm's interface is very well-designed. Of course, it's also worth noting that REDCINE-X, RED's homegrown pre-processing tool, is available free (and not just while it's in beta). But considering RED's own Ted Schilowitz called Storm "REDCINE-X on steroids," I'm partial to experimenting with The Foundry's tool, since it is more of a complete end-to-end solution.

But if you don't own a RED ONE, or if you haven't been on any RED shoots, the beta is of limited use, right? Well, not if you go and download some native .R3D files and try your hand at grading them. To that end, I've included some places to find RAW, unprocessed .R3D files below. Enjoy!

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After downloading it and trying it out, I like the interface a lot. I can't say the same about the RED footage though -- is it just me, or is it really noisy (the low light stuff)?

February 24, 2011

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Harry

I had the same thoughts -- even the RED MX stuff doesn't seem to respond to the "Denoise" function.

February 24, 2011

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Ryan Koo
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Our of curiosity is this Storm application only for grading red files, or can it be used to grade mov's from DSLR's or other cameras? The workflow seems like it may be a great asset.

February 24, 2011

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To the best of my knowledge, it's RED-only now. I would hope/expect that it will expand to non-RED workflows in the future (maybe even Sony's S-Log workflow?). Definitely one to watch, even for non-RED shooters.

February 24, 2011

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