A raw media file (such as a RED .r3d file) has a proprietary file format used to maximize port-production capabilities. These files are untreated by the artist and is provided in its original form. It’s not color-corrected, re-framed or stabilized.
Therefore, raw files give an editor much more control and flexibility.
The previews on our site display .mov files, which are already compressed and may include color manipulations. This causes the files to look different from the actual raw .r3d file.
To learn more about working with RED workflows, check out this CC Premiere Pro RED Overview guide.
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