i'm new on this forum since it's the first time i'm gonna use the Red One (i'm really looking for!). first of all congratulations for the community, REALLY useful.
I've already looked a lot of posts and more or less now i have a clearer idea of what i'm gonna do. But still, since i'm virgin i don't know if it's the right one.
So, it's gonna be a 30" commercial for television, we'r not gonna have a lot of material (i mean it's not the new episode of the Lord of the rings), and i'm gonna edit it with FCP 6.0.4, using a Macbook Pro with a GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB (the new topline macpro will arrive in 2 weeks..)
We'll shoot using the Red Drive 320 GB to ingest, but then we don't have any kind of RAID to use during editing so i can't even think to work with uncompressed RED raw material (i'll use an external Lacie harddisk 7200 rpm); I was thinking to capture with the log&transfer and work directly with the ProRes HQ in the timeline and export directly from there in an uncompressed format.
So, my question(s) is:
1) is this workflow (that's the easiest one, i know...) a good one or is it better to work with offline materials? i'm just afraid of all the consequences of the offline/online problems that can come out (i saw the Crimson and the Monkey Extract softwares and they seem pretty cool, but my past experiences with the offline/online process are really bad).
2) starting with the point that the commercial is done for TV and not for cinema, the fact that we'r not gonna use the Red raw but the ProRes how much will affect the quality of the finale image on the TV screen?
3) Shooting in 3K or in 2K will be a considearable difference on the TV screen? (i'm not even thinking about 4K now...)
4) Will my mac manage to handle this workflow? (i mean, i already used the ProRes and it seems it can manage, but still...). Morover at the end of the editnig/colorcorrection i'll use After FX with some freeze frame of the footage.
I know most of you would be tired to see this kind of post, but as i said i'm a virgin, excited and happy to start working with the Red One after months of HDV Sony and HVX200 Panasonic, but still a virgin...
Thanks a lot in advance