At the beginning of the shoot for Bedrooms we ran tests to determine if we could use RED’s latest drivers for Final Cut Pro and 2K raw media (R3D). RED’s whitepaper was optimistic and we felt our 8-core Mac Pro with RAID would suffice. Not so.
We could not get smooth playback regardless of the RT setting, killing background processes, etc. With the help of Leo at Local Hero Post we determined the bottleneck: GPU.
The stock GeForce, while a nice dual-head DVI, can’t keep up with raw 2K. Our options were clear – Quadro FX or Kona video card – and neither within our budget.
We chose the medium proxy file (at 1K) with the intention of conforming later via Crimson or whatever tool at our disposal.