Does anyone have any tips for a decent cr2. work flow? I am currently colour correcting in Bridge and attaching the jpeg.'s proxy in Adobe when compositing. Bridge has been a little finicky, I am having file issues even though I have been separating the cr2. and jpeg.'s into different folders.
Would it be more efficient to export the image sequence from Dragon Frame and edit those? I am just worried about image quality and keeping as much information as possible.
I don't know, I've never used Bridge. I import my raw files into an old version of After Effects, do the colour adjustments and any keying or other effects, then save as an uncompressed QT mov or image sequence. Then my other programs like TV Paint can load them. I have never exported from Dragonframe, I use other software to import from the folder that DF created.
Our RAW workflow is to import the RAWs directly into AfterEffects, doing only minor adjustments to the RAW file in AdobeCameraRaw (ACR, the window that opens when you import RAW files into AE). We'll save this adjustment in ACR, and apply to every shot from the production- this will just be removing Chromatic Abberation or setting the sharpness, no Colour Correction. If pulling back blown-out highlights, that is something you could do in ACR on a shot-by-shot basis.
We setup the AE project settings with Colour Management set to:
Depth:32bit, WorkingSpace:ACEScg Linear
Then we export the RAW shots to OpenEXR sequences before doing any work with them. Settings: Zip16 compression, floating point depth.
Then for your AE project, keep the colour management settings the same, and import your EXR sequences back into AE for compositing. When exporting your final composited film from AE to a movie file, you need to change this setting: Output Module Setting > Color Management Tab> Output profile: sRGB. This changes your colour from linear to sRGB in order to look normal outside of AE.
This is a very standard VFX workflow, from our research, and turns your RAW images into linear EXR files which are much easier to work with in AE than Canon RAWs, and the linear EXR file format retains the most colour information from your RAW file. (If someone knows a better way to do this, I would love to hear it).
A note about DragonFrame exporting: Dragonframe doesn't do any RAW conversion, so any movie or image sequence that you export will be using the JPEGS only. You can only Output RAW from Dragonframe into another RAW format (RAW or DNG).
Final note: Unless you're doing extreme colour correction on your footage that you absolutely need the RAW images for, you could skip all of the above and work directly with the JPEG files, and your final film will look nearly identical with so many less headaches.