Review of Raw Video Workflow: Past-Present-Future

Started by reddeercity, December 22, 2014, 05:31:58 AM

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Hello All , I while back I was ask to review raw video workflows here on the forum as some are now obsolete or becoming (eg. eye frame converter )
and there is new ones like MLVFS ,"on the fly" MLV to CDNG converter. But let's not get ahead of our selfes , First I would like to go over the video file base workflow
as there is still people need this for there choice of NLE that has no support for cdng's  or just want a Video File.

***Note*** The following is from my personal point of view of what I found to work very well for client work , that needs a quick turn around time
(eg. news stories,  short doc., music videos etc...) I Will be incorporating MLVFS in my next project that's waiting to be edited & give a detailed review.

As FCPX is my choice of NLE I can use either Cdng's or Video files ,but video files are easier on the system special when doing VFX where there can but multiply layers.
I extracted the Cdng's files on PC with raw2cdng ver as version greater then 1.5.0 do not display right in finder (pink cast) so if finder can't read them right
FCPX , Motion , Compressor will see the pink cast & they are unusable.
To Make my Video File I use After Effects cc with ACR and export to the new ProRes4444XQ by way of my hack install.

                                                     First Image  is from raw2cdng ver1.4.9.3 WB is lock to 4900K but its raw so WB dose not matter ISO 200 50MM Sigma.
                                                      1-M30-1938.MLV.006778 by RedDeerCityTV, on Flickr

                                                       Second Image with ACR adjustments Exported frame from the ProRes4444XQ file
                                                       2-Paul Serup - Who Killed Abraham Lincoln-ProRes4444XQ by RedDeerCityTV, on Flickr

                                                         Below is the XMP file from A.E & ACR for the 2nd Image
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="Adobe XMP Core 5.5-c002 1.148022, 2012/07/15-18:06:45        ">
<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="">
  <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
   crs:LensProfileName="Adobe (SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, Canon)"
   crs:LensProfileFilename="Canon (Sigma_50mm_F1.4_EX_DG_HSM ) - RAW.lcp"
     <rdf:li>0, 0</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>255, 255</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>0, 0</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>255, 255</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>0, 0</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>255, 255</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>0, 0</rdf:li>
     <rdf:li>255, 255</rdf:li>

                                                3rd Image is a Frame Export off the Final Cut Pro X time line that's fully Graded using Film Convert Pro-Fuji 8543VD

                                              3-Paul Serup - Who Killed Abraham Lincoln-Graded by RedDeerCityTV, on Flickr

Below I has provided dropbox link to the my .xmp & Cdng file from A.E. ACR so if anyone would like you can play around with the setting  :)
Also the PNG Frame Dropbox links .
XMP file link-->
Cdng file link -->
PNG File -ProRes4444XQ Frame Export with ACR adjustments Link -->
PNG File - FCPX exported Graded ProRes4444XQ Frame with Film Convert Pro Link -->

                                                                                                      Below is the Video I used in this post as example

I will be up dating this Post as time permits with Other Workflows  :D 


Its certainly come a long way since M000000000000001.RAW  :D Correct metadata has been extremely helpful in the post workflow.

I've gone back and converted those old raw files with the new tools, we've come a LONG way in just 18 months. The advancements in Dual Iso processing are mind-blowing.

When I first tried Dual Iso video the flaws were so apparent that the video files weren't useable, and recording at 720p on the 600D didn't help. Processing them now actually results in a very pleasing, film-like image that would be a great file to edit and grade.

Now if 7d ever gets Dual Iso video, my life would be complete.
7D. 600D. Rokinon 35 cine. Sigma 30 1.4
Audio and video recording/production, Random Photography
Want to help with the latest development but don't know how to compile?


Just entered "Magic Lantern 14bit Raw with Filmconvert Pro - Paul Serup - Who Killed Abraham Lincoln-HD" 
In Color Up Film Competition from Filmconvert   It's still open until Nov 1st/2015
if anyone what to enter there is 229 to date , There a Atomos 7" NINJA ASSASSIN 4K recorder/monitor plus other stuff up for grabs
Here you can vote for my video if you like in 9 Days  :D :D :D :D
As far as I can tell I'm the only Magic Lantern Raw 5D Markii in the competition  ;D