April 4, 2017

RED Completely Overhauls Image Processing Pipeline with IPP2

RED IPP2
What will RED’s new image-processing workflow mean for users?

RED quietly announced last week that their new image-processing pipeline (IPP2) is available for download. The new pipeline overhauls the entire RED image processing workflow, from RAW sensor data capture to image output.

In his personal announcement, RED President Jarred Land calls IPP2 a complete, ground up overhaul to the entire RED image-processing pipeline. In their official press reelase, RED highlighted the following enhancements:

  • Better management of challenging colors
  • Smoother highlight roll-off
  • Improved shadow detail
  • More accurate mid-tone hues
  • An improved demosaicing algorithm to achieve higher detail at the same pixel resolution
  • Simpler and more intuitive workflow
  • A work-flow designed for HDR from the ground up
  • Industry-standard naming
  • Standardized color space and gamma

RED claims that it has moved towards "familiar industry standards, in a simplified and streamlined workflow." 

IPP2

Workflow improvements also include details intended to improve efficiency, like separating the technical controls (standardized references that seldom change) from the creative controls that individuals will typically access on each shot. Grading operations now also occur within a single, well-defined, wide gamut log space in order to make them output independent.

IPP2 incorporates REDWideGamutRGB and RED's Log3G10.  REDWideGamutRGB is a color space designed to contain all the colors a RED camera can generate without clipping, within one standardized color space.  Within IPP2, the RWG is encoded using Log3G10, which will allow for 10 stops above mid-gray, and is, according to RED "more than sufficient for HDR output peaking at 10,000 nits….”

A Helium 8K S35 sensor is required to access and control the new pipeline in-camera. Other RED camera users will be able to access IPP2 in post with the latest beta RECINE-X-PRO upgrade. All users will be able to switch between IPP2 and the legacy RED color science in-camera and when using REDCINE-X Pro.

Are you excited by the new RED pipeline overhaul, or are you not eager to re-learn your RED pipeline?  Non-RED users: does the more standards-driven pipeline make RED more appealing? Let us know in the comments.      

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This is a huge deal, and I'm surprised they're not making more noise about it. RED's highlight handling has been it's biggest downside for years, and those before/after examples look awesome. Good for them.

April 4, 2017 at 11:10AM, Edited April 4, 11:10AM

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Agreed, this could be a real win for everyone, upping the game. As far as the low-key vibe, don't know why, but I like it. Their audience is already paying attention, this will give them time to field test it with them and work out the kinks. I am cautiously hopeful. The fact that they're trying to make it standards-driven is really exciting.

April 4, 2017 at 5:48PM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

I think they'll make more noise about this during NAB this year which is just weeks away.

April 4, 2017 at 6:28PM

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Joshua Galbincea
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My understanding was that RED was taking a pass on NAB starting this year.

April 4, 2017 at 7:33PM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

What a game changer.

April 4, 2017 at 11:10AM, Edited April 4, 11:10AM

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Josef Lorenzo
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Very curious to see the first 4K DCP feature using the new pipeline... Maybe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ? :D Who You think will be the first director using it? I see David Fincher is rumored to direct World War Z 2 while Steven Soderbergh seems to have nothing planned after Logan Lucky...

April 4, 2017 at 11:30AM

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Probably no big budget films will use this. It's effectively ACES but slightly optimized for RED. Marvel has already mandated a shift to ACES so they'll just work in an ACES workflow.

April 4, 2017 at 8:43PM

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This is huge. Some how I was reminded of some magic lantern developers. I can't wait until the day when helium sensor cameras are so old that I can purchase one for under 3k on a local best buy.

April 4, 2017 at 2:24PM, Edited April 4, 2:24PM

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Edgar More
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Awesome - anyone try this out yet? A friend of mine with a helium said there were some bugs regarding gold mount batteries and this update, doesn't read voltage.

Very curious about the highlights myself. Red always clipped sooner than Arri or VariCam. 10 stops over middle grey is hard to believe haha, but if it's improved in general that is a very welcomed feature along with the color.

April 4, 2017 at 3:23PM

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Ben Meredith
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A ton of people have already tried this out (check out the RED FB groups). Lots of very happy RED owners for sure, but yes there seems to be some bugs (as expected) with the Beta FW. I just updated my Epic-W with no issues so far....

April 4, 2017 at 3:49PM

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Aaron Nanto
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Nice, I'll check out some of the Red groups.

April 4, 2017 at 4:02PM

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Ben Meredith
Cinematographer/Filmmaker
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Great

April 5, 2017 at 2:59AM

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Sameir Ali
Director of Photography
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Looks very promising! Wondering about the highlights too though.. Not to be sceptic, but I'll believe it when I see - and work with - it (can't wait!!).

April 6, 2017 at 5:40PM, Edited April 6, 5:40PM

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Jaap Ruurd Feitsma
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