May 9, 2018 at 6:51PM


How to Edit RED Raw Footage in FCPX?

I just directed my second short film this week, and we were fortunate enough to shoot on a RED 8K Helium. I edited my first short in Final Cut Pro X and I would love to do the same thing with this piece, but I feel like the workflow for editing RED footage is above my technical proficiency. Any thoughts on how I would go about editing using that footage? Basically, I don't want to ruin the great looking images we captured by messing up something in transcoding, etc. Thanks peeps!

- Gustavo


There is a plug in that you can download to be able to work with RAW footage in FPCX, but I found that in performance is far from perfect. It would be a great idea to generate proxy files inside NLE so you can edit fluently and work with RAW once you get to the Color stage. I personally found that DaVinci Resolve (even the free version) is way more suitable and quick when working with RED Footage. Just make sure to debayer at 1/4 or 1/8 resolution when editing. Perhaps setting up DaVinci could seem to be a little more complicated but again, I found this so much powerful and flexible than FCPX (and FCPX is my main NLE for my work).

May 12, 2018 at 11:15AM

Ulises Bravo
Filmmaker, DP

In addition to what Ulises said, if you choose not to go with proxies I’d recommend that you edit using pretty fast hard drives-Like a RAID or SSD. Even a usb-c spinning 7200rpm hard drive gives not optimal performance playing back 8k r3ds at lower res.

May 14, 2018 at 7:42AM, Edited May 14, 7:42AM

You voted '+1'.
Chris Kennedy
Director of Photography

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