I was just thinking that you could probably batch the .DNG files not just in AE/ACR but in PS/ACR with with full PS power and various other plug-ins and have video frames processed with full on stills photography quality tools and all sorts of fancy, fancy processing and super advanced sharperning, NR, coloring tools.
Ding, ding, ding!
I'm mainly a stills photographer but I’ve been starting to get into timelapse and video over the past year.
You are EXACTLY right. This is HUGE for people that are mainly stills photographers. Just as you describe, you can process this raw video EXACTLY like you can stils. Exactly. This is driving the video people nuts, but it’s huge for me. The workflow is a bit complex but not as hard and time consuming as you’d expect. I’ve made one crappy comparison video (will post later). Here is my workflow:
1) Shoot video, staying under 2GB (it tells you in real-time how much space it’s hogging)
2) Convert .RAW file into .dng files using raw2dng. TIME: about a minute
3) Import .dng files into Lightroom (this is where my workflow is a bit different than most…) TIME: about a minute
4) Process .dng files just like you would a raw from a camera…because that is exactly what they are. (I convert my Canon .CR2 files into .dng files anyway) TIME: how many images have you edited in LR?
5) Export .dng files as full-res jpegs TIME: a couple minutes (I guess if you were really anal about quality but not about HDD space you could convert to .tif's)
6) Import full-res jpegs into Quicktime 7 Pro as an image sequence (exact same way you make a time-lapse) TIME: one second
7) Export image sequence as Apple ProRes HQ 422 .mov’s (if you don’t’ want to do any video editing you can just export these as h264-compressed .mov’s or .mp4’s instead) TIME: a couple seconds for ProRes, a couple minutes for h264
Import Apple ProRes 422 .mov’s into Final Cut Pro X TIME: instant
9) Edit… TIME: see LR comment, I suck at video editing
10 Export to whatever format you want TIME: a couple minutes