May 10, 2015 at 11:42PM, Edited May 11, 12:18AM
Why I Regret Shooting in RAW
I'm interested to hear some others thoughts on this...
I recently made a microbudget feature for $25k (raised through crowd funding and personal savings).
I was the writer/director/producer on the project and had a very small crew.
I am not in any way a tech savvy filmmaker. I don't know much about lenses, cameras, lighting, etc. My work is very character and dialogue driven with a focus on personal relationships. I like to shoot series and leave the camera running so I can experiment with the actors performances.
So as some of you more tech-savvy folks may imagine, I ran into HUGE problems when I let my DP convince me to shoot using his Black Magic camera in RAW rather than ProRes.
I wasn't too sure what the difference was, so he sent me comparison videos, and I did agree that the RAW looked slightly better. But if I could go back and do it all again I'd choose to shoot in ProRes. Heres why:
- We had to spend about an extra $2000 on SD cards and hard drives. The cards filled up so quickly that it was a constant cause of anxiety on set. One day we even ran out of card space and had to drive to Sammy's camera in the middle of the shoot to pick up another card for $280!
- We had MAJOR problems in trying to convert the files to a watchable format. I tried a number of different programs that did not work. The DNG files would show up on the drive but we couldn't find a way to play them in sequence. This resulted in me not being able to see ANY dailies until the whole film wrapped shooting and I had time to hire someone to convert the files for me (more money spent....)
- The editing process is so much harder and more time consuming. Making the proxy files, etc. It's been driving me nuts.
So I can understand why some directors would choose to use RAW, but for directors like myself, with dialogue driven, character based projects, I would strongly advise against it.
Would love to hear others thoughts on this subject!