January 1, 2015 at 8:49PM


Making RED proxy files for editing in Premiere Pro CC

First time I'm working with R3D 4K footage. I've copied the footage (as is) from an external drive onto my video drive. My question is how do I make proxy files to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro CC? I tried using Adobe Media Encoder CC to encode to an editable format but the R3D file structure isn't recognized by the encoder. It imports fine into Premiere Pro CC but then I can't edit in the native R3D 4K. How do I do this???


Download the free program RedCineX. This is how we transcode RED footage.

Follow the instructions in the video here to export to your desired format.

Once you have the preferred format, you can edit with that format. Then, to relink them, delete the source proxy files and when you reconnect media, reconnect to the 4k files.

January 4, 2015 at 8:23AM

Brandon Kelley

Don't encode them to another format. There is a way around it in Premiere Pro CC.

Create your final sequence that has your settings you want for final export. Then create a "proxy" sequence that is something like 720p or 1080p, if your computer can handle the playback of that resolution in realtime. Once your RED files are in the sequence right click them and click fit to sequence. Premiere will actually play back a lower resolution file instead of the full resolution Red files, but you will still have all the control of the RAW. Once you are finished with the edit copy and paste your edits into the export/master sequence.

I've done this and been able to edit Red files on a lower end machine.

January 7, 2015 at 7:40AM

Kyle Acker
Cinematographer/ Video Editor

Whoa, so when I copy and paste from the proxy sequence, will all the shots be the same scale as the sequence? Or will I need to change the scale when going between proxy and export sequence?

Also, if I'm editing/exporting in a 1080p sequence with 6K R3Ds, should I just use "fit to sequence" to make playback/editing smoother?


Marc Estrada

January 21, 2016 at 2:31AM

Both of these suggested routes are good ones and will work. The only thing is that neither of these process are fast. A great solution to tac on actually involves more workflow than software: I would recommend logging your footage right away, so that you aren't wasting time creating proxies out of clips that you won't even use. If you're going to do this, it may be best to log footage by creating a project in REDCineX, exporting the project in the same format as you would a proxy (projects still export one clip at a time), and make sure you keep the original clip name because then, later, when you've reached picture lock in Premiere, you can relink the media easily.

December 13, 2016 at 1:38PM


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