That's good to know the Red One has pre-roll. Fingers crossed on that one. What I meant about the 2k recording not resolving as well as the 2k crop was that when you record in 2k mode the picture is softer than if you shoot in 4k mode and then crop to 2k in post. Sorry I might not have phrased that very well. I did some tests yesterday and saw how clear the difference is between them. I was hoping to do all these tests before I left Bristol, but I sat about for over four months waiting for my Scarlet and then two days before I had to leave for the field it turned up so now I'm stuck on an island with no post houses! Fortunately I now have internet.
I had a read through Phil's post but I don't think it mentioned what I was hoping to do. Do you mean that if you filmed in 4k that in the EVF you would see the full 4k image but just in the centre there would be frame guides for the 2k? What I was suggesting was that you film in 4K, but that in the EVF you have an option to see only a 2K crop of the 4k recording that fills the entire viewfinder. Because of the long lens work for wildlife the depth of field can be ridiculously shallow sometimes so for critical focus we'd really need to see the 2k crop full screen in the EVF.
Although Redcine-X still works, Red have moved onto developing the PRO version, and haven't updated Redcine-X non-Pro for quite a while.
All the Red cameras shoot lower resolutions as a crop from the full sensor. So when Scarlet records 2K that is a 2K centre crop of the sensor, and you will see the 2K framing filling the LCD/EVF. Ie 2K recording is in theory EXACTLY the same as a 2K crop from 4K/3K, and the resolution/sharpness should be EXACTLY the same. So why you are seeing a difference in your tests is uncertain. Are you viewing frames at full best debayer at actual size? Can you post some examples?
I've just ordered a second hand Canon 500mm F4.5L this evening. I'm hoping it will deliver better results and to be fair I was pushing the 100-400 by shooting mostly at 800mm with a 2x extender. It was never going to be that sharp. I think I'll try the 500mm and then if I need to go longer use a 1.4x extender.
Yes, I downloaded Redcine-X Pro thanks. I'm going to try and get to grips with it over the next few days.
That's weird. I just went to export the 2k and 4k stills as examples, but now viewing them in Redcine-Pro X they look identical. I'm not sure what the reason was, but when I viewed them in the old version of Redcine the 2k was a lot softer. I'm guessing it was user error. Am I going mad or did I not read that cropping from 4K to 2K in post gives you a sharper image than recording 2k in camera?
The Canon 24-70mm lens is an ok lens for DSLR work but a terrible lens for Scarlet. It works ok in the 50 to 70 mm range but anything wider will be very very soft, get a cheaper f1.8 28mm Canon lens if budget is an issue.
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