RED Releases New IPP2 Image Processing Pipeline


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

A couple of months ago, RED announced a new image pipeline which they dubbed IPP2. It covered changes to the firmware, wiring options, as well as the software effectively future proofing the platform while the industry moves towards high dynamic range.

The new image processing workflow features in-camera HDR monitoring controls and provides better color rendition and will smooth out the RED’s dynamic range to get even greater details in the shadows. Helium owners will benefit by being able to shoot both of HDR and SDR simultaneously. All other RED camera owners will have access to the new image pipeline in post production through the latest REDCINE-X PRO beta upgrade.

Now RED has finally announced that the new image processing pipeline is now available for download. The whole system is a complete overhaul of the workflow experience, from image capture to post-production, and you can download the new DSMC2 camera firmware and REDCINE-X PRO software. RED has also released a few videos about IPP,2 which you can watch below to get you up and running with the new workflow.

Along with the new workflow, RED has also created a new color gamut called REDWideGamutRGB which can identify just about every color your RED camera records. Here’s what they said in a whitepaper: “[REDWideGamut is] a camera colorspace designed to encompass all colors a RED camera can generate without clipping. Essentially REDWideGamut is a standardized CameraRGB color space.”

RED also has a new accompanying gamma curves called LOG3G10, which encodes the tonal range of your RED cameras to make the color tone more accurate. They describe it in the whitepaper as well saying it’s, “a log curve designed to encode camera data in REDWideGamutRGB color space for subsequent grading and transformation to HDR, SDR or other log encodings.”

To take advantage of IPP2 download the latest DSMC2 camera firmware and REDCINE-X PRO software. Here’s a list of all the new enhancements the image processing pipeline offers:

  1. Better management of challenging colors
  2. Smoother highlight roll-off
  3. Improved shadow detail
  4. More accurate mid-tone hues
  5. An improved demosaicing algorithm to achieve higher detail at the same pixel resolution
  6. Simpler and more intuitive workflow
  7. A workflow designed for HDR from the ground up
  8. Industry-standard naming
  9. Standardized color space and gamma
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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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