Many have been asking to view the Arri RAW / Pro Res comparisons. I was really amazed at how little difference it made to the end result. I was simultaneously recording both 4:4:4:4 LOGc and Arri RAW in the above edit.
The edit is the Pro Res cut, and the second one is the Arri RAW cut. At this level I can’t pick a difference, and I’d be keen to hear if anyone out there can see anything different between them !
We screened these in the new cinemas at SAFC and I felt there was a very slight edge to the Arri RAW in terms of resolution but it was only after after a couple of viewings that I could really pick it.
The dynamic range was the same, and I guess in more difficult lighting conditions, the compression of Pro Res might be an extra complication, but given Acres will be shot day exterior and day interior, I’m not anticipating that will factor here.
As mentioned previously, we decided to not worry about shooting RAW. Shooting Arri RAW in this case is a more expensive exercise because of the additional hire of the recorder, and the huge increase in the amount of data that has to be backed up each day.
As much as the *geek* in me was screaming that it shouldn’t be, I was OK with letting the slight hit in resolution slide, for the sake of getting a smaller package and it meant I could more easily afford the HAWK lens package as well.
Post path here was grade in Lustre @ 2kDPX, render to uncompressed QT, then transcode to h.264.