I am a bit new to the 7D work flow. I have a hard drive full of footage shot with the 7D. Do I need to run it through "streamclip" or something? I tried to transfer the files using the Canon plugin but i got an error that said:
"x" contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.
I tried to just import the files directly into FCP and they seem to play fine. The files look to be MOV files. Is there a problem just importing the files from the drive into FCP?
yeah you will start seeing problems once you begin grading or adding effects to the clips and trying to render the sequence. will prob take much longer to render the .mov H.264 clips.
as well as when you try and render your final video.
fcp may well start to throw out errors then.
worth giving it a try as you can always just proxy the clips afterwards and then link to the new clips.
if you not sure on the proxy thing, i may have a small tut on my site
otherwise to be safe use mpeg streamclip and encode into Pro ress for best quality before editing.
H.264 files are a delivery codec, highly compressed, they are not really a format computer friendly to edit from. When you transcode the footage you will see the files get much larger 4 times the size.
I use Cineform Neoscene which has a great transcoding format and produces a 4.2.2 .avi file.
Either ProRes or Cineform´s NeoScene are your best solutions. Although the new CS5 offers a Mercury Playback engine, transcoding to some intermediate format still works better if you do extensive VFX or CC-work with the files. Since you use FCP, ProRes 422 probably is your best choice then.
Richard van den Boogaard
cameraman / editor / video marketing consultant
I am having the same issue. I did convert the files in Compressor but...I might have used the wrong settings. Should I have used the ProRes for interlaced video or progressive? And...the frame rate is 23.97- do I keep that setting?
This might depend on what frame rate you set up your camera with.
The video is all progressive regardless of the frame rate. Your choices are 30p (29.97), 24p (23.97), 25p. So just confirm your frame rate and make sure you keep it progressive. Should work out fine.
When I get to my studio this afternoon I will check the settings.
I didn't shoot the piece- I am just editing. And..I have never worked with this footage before.
I do know the frame rate was 23.97 but when I saw 1080i I wondered if I should have used the ProRes interlaced codec instead of Progressive.
I really appreciate your help with this.
Ah,haa. That might be it. I am not on Snow Leopard. Im on 10.5.8. I didn't know it needed 10.6. Thanks for that. I have been using MPEG Streamclip. Works great I was just hoping that the Canon plugin would be faster. Thanks for all the help everyone!
You mentioned you had a hard drive full of Canon 7D footage: the Canon plug-in for FCP expects a CF Card from the camera. The "invalid directory structure error" often means that the files are arranged differently from the way they would be on a CF Card. To read a folder on a hard drive as a 7D Volume, start with a parent folder to act as your volume, let's call it "MyFootage". Inside MyFootage, make a new folder called "DCIM" and then inside of DCIM make a folder called "100EOS7D". Place all of your Canon files in the 100EOS7D folder, then go into FCP Log and Transfer and mount the "MyFootage" folder using the Ad Volume button or CMD+I. It should read in just like a CF Card.