Transcode REDCODE to Apple Prores for Working with FCP 7 on El Capitan

Diana Joan

Nov 12, 2015 09:46 am / Posted by Diana Joan

REDCODE is an ultra high-resolution format used by the RED ONE camera. It is designed to produce digital media with resolutions sufficient for film and digital cinema distribution. Using the REDCODE codec, the RED ONE camera captures 4K RAW at up to 30 fps and 2K RAW data up to 120fps.

Red One Camera

Workflow of REDCODE with FCP 7

Although there are several alternative workflows, there are two main recommended workflows for working with REDCODE media in Final Cut Pro: Native editing for REDCODE media and Transcoding using Apple ProRes codecs. The following article will mainly focused on the transocding REDCODE editing workflow.

When you ingest the REDCODE files for this workflow, you transcode the files to an Apple ProRes codec. For the best-quality media, use the Apple ProRes 4444 codec or the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec. However, if you're doing an offline edit or producing an EDL, and media quality for editing is not an issue, you can save disk space and bandwidth by editing with Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), or even Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) files.

To achieve this workflow, you can download and install a RED QuickTime plug-in and the RED FCP Log and Transfer plug-in. However, most people complain that RED FCP Log and Transfer plug-in can not be installed on FCP 7. To fix this issue, a alternative tool is recommended to yout to export FCP 7 best compatible Apple Prores editing codec. To get the job easily done, we would like to recommended you an award-winning application called Pavtube Video Converter for Mac(support Mac OS X El Capitan), which can beneficially transcode REDCODE codec to various different types of Apple Prores codec to cater to your demands. It you desire for high quality, you're suggested to choose "Apple ProRes 4444 codec" or the "Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec" as output file format.

Notes:
1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

How to Transcode REDCODE Codec for editing with FCP 7 on Mac OS X El Capitan?

Step 1: Transfer RED ONE REDCODE Codec to Mac computer.

Connect the camera's hard disk drive to your computer, or insert the CompactFlash card into a card reader connected to your computer. Download your files to the hard disk storage device that you will access with Final Cut Pro 7.

Step 2: Import REDCODE files to the program.

From "File"drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio"to add source REDCODE video files to the program.

Load REDCODE source video files

Step 3: Select output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 4444(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422HQ(*.mov)" as your desired output file format.

Step 4: Convert REDCODE to Apple Prores formats.

Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert"icon on the right-bottom to start REDCODE codec to Final Cut Pro Apple Prores process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import the converted video to FCP 7 for furthering professional


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