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  • Red cam footage

    Posted by Dan Crouch on January 22, 2024 at 8:27 am


    I’m doing a project where the camera man has the option to shoot on Red Camera. Can I ask you guys if this is compatible with my Media Composer? I’m using the latest MC version, on a dustbin Mac, OS Monterey.

    I’m happy to convert footage as it’s only a days worth of filming, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Ty, Dan

    From camera man,

    6K (aspect ratio tbc)


    R3D File

    MQ Quality

    Eric Santiago replied 2 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 23, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    Yes, Avid has been able to work with Red footage for over 10 years.

    You are going to need to download the red ama plug in.

    You will also probably want to transcode, as red files can be a pretty heavy lift, depending on your debayer settings.

    I personally do my transcodes in Resolve simply because of the speed of the workflow.

  • Dan Crouch

    January 23, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks very much for your reply Glenn.

    Can I ask what you would convert the footage to?

    Pro res or similar?

    Also, I don’t have resolve, could I convert the footage in a plug in?

    Like Wondershare?

    Thanks again,


  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 23, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    The free version of Resolve will do all you need to do.

    I convert to Avid friendly media. Usually .mxf files, dnxhd of some type.

    If you don’t want to use Resolve, than transcoding inside Avid would probably be the next best option. There is metadata that needs to be maintained during the transcode process, to enable you to go back to camera original files, if you so desire, for color, or finishing. R3d raw files offer a lot of flexibility when performing color correction operations, that basic rec 709 clips don’t offer.

    You have the ability to go back to the original camera settings and adjust the exposure, and color balance, the same way the original camera operator would have.

    If you want to look into Resolve’s workflow, I have posted some workflow videos on the topic.

    Again, metadata is crucial, and in Resolve pay attention to the timecode and file naming settings, as shown below.


  • Dan Crouch

    January 24, 2024 at 8:13 am

    Thanks very much for this Glenn, I’m going to download Resolve and try this route.

    Thanks again,


  • Dan Crouch

    January 28, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Glenn.

    I used your YouTube clip and managed to import into resolve export to Avid. Ty very much for the help, it worked perfectly! Much appreciated.

  • Brie Clayton

    January 29, 2024 at 12:45 am

    Thank you for solving this, Glenn!

  • Eric Santiago

    April 1, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    On this topic, anyone use the supplied ProRes from the R3D folders as proxy then do the switch in Avid?

    I am confident I can do this in other NLEs but never had the chance with Avid.

    Also, I am stuck at MC 2018 and would need the client to supply me their license if they wish to use Avid as NLE for this assembly.

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