Summary: If you have any issue when using AMA to bring in Red Epic footage to Avid Media Composer for post production, you may transcode to something like DNxHD using third party software. This guide details the steps required to convert Red Epic R3D files to QuickTime DNxHD for using in Avid-based workflow.
Assuming for some reason, the Red Epic footage is not supported inside Avid Media Composer through AMA, you will need to transcode in RedCine-X or some other 3rd party applications like Red Epic Video Converter. This post elaborates the details on how to transcode Epic footage to DNxHD for editing with Avid MC using this format converter. (Also read Epic and FCP 7 workflow)
Avid and Red Epic Workflow – transcode Epic footage to DNxHD for Avid
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a Red Epic Video Converter, then click ‘Add File’ icon to load Red Epic footage. You can load directly from your Epic camera, or load from a card reader or from an achieved folder that contains your source media.
Step 2：Choose output format for Avid MC.
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid Media Composer’ > ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output format.
Step 3: Advanced settings (for advanced users)
If you are a advanced user, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like video codec, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 4: When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start converting Red Epic MXF to DNxHD that is well compatible with your Avid NLE application.
Step 5: When the conversion process finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using with Avid MC.
Tips: The Red Epic Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your MXF clips into it to do format conversion at a time. If you don’t want to wait for the entire format shifting process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.