Re: Apple ProRes Raw and Raw HQ
Some excellent points being made.
As i mentioned i think a better choice would have been a full range mezzanine codec that just works. IMHO i think camera manufactures should retain the debayer process because that's where some of the camera magic comes from and it can also benefit from specific sensor implementations, after all not all sensors are the same debayer pattern nor should they be. (Wasn't the sony RGBW at some point?)
I think the key is to store the full range light in linear (with compression) then it is so easy to take that where you want to go and no room for stupid gamma or colourspace issues.
We should not be working in 709 any more, the tail ends of the gamma curve just compress usable highlight and shadow detail, it's a delivery gamma, not a workflow one.
Also some of us need all the full range linear in post.
So if Apple had slammed down a ProRes Linear intermediate codec, with VBR and maybe a couple of quality settings and found a way to read that data in 'simple' mode for decimating the output for speed then i for one would be all over that. Basically EXR and ACES for the masses, with Piz or DW compression.
I just don't get what ProRes RAW will bring professionals
Paul Curtis, VFX & Post | Canterbury, UK