10 December 2009 - 20:15#08: Red Workflow I – Ingest with Metafuze

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This is the first of several episodes covering a workflow for using Red Digital Cinema Cameras with your Avid editing application.

In this episode, we’ll convert R3D footage to DNxHD MXF files for offline editing. For this, we’ll use Avid’s Metafuze. Then, we’ll quickly import the files into the Avid, so you can edit away!

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Show Notes

Avid Editing Products & the RED One Camera

Avid / RED Workflow Guide (PDF)

Avid’s MetaFuze

Avid MetaFuze 2.0 in a RED Workflow (PDF)

Alternate Workflow for Macintosh Environments

Studio Monthly: Edit RED Footage in Avid Media Composer


The images in this episode were provides by Johanna Thiel.


  • ripvanmarlowe

    thanks Christian, your tutorials are top notch and are really helping me in discovering some nice ways to use Avid's built in effects, it's one of the things that i've found to be lacking on Avid's site so keep 'em coming!

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  • AndyDV

    I've attempted metafuze via boot camp but the speed is unreasonably slow. Much slower than using RedRushes, but it's be great to go directly to MXF.

    I've enabled all my processors within VMware Fusion's settings. I've rendered Phantom .cine files to DPX using boot camp so I'm thinking its a Metafuze issue as opposed to a boot camp or hardware issue.

    My RED files are on a GRAID drive thru a firewire 800 connection. What do you recommend using as a destination? Do you go to your windows desktop, or point to a local directory on your mac? I assume going to a local hard disk is faster than going back to firewire.

  • avidscreencast

    Hi Andy,

    actually I would recommend using Redcine-X/Rocketcine-X on the Mac. It
    can transcode directly to MXF. I'll do a podcast on it soon, but until
    then check out this document from Avid outlining the workflow: