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Nick Ravich
Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:00:13 pm

Hello- Running FCP 7.0.3 on a 2.93 GHZ dual quad core. Basically a novice FCP user trying to figure out my Canon 5D/H264 workflow, particularly using log and transfer to transcode/ingest.

So downloaded the EOS Movie Plug-In and FCP seems to recognize - log and transfer preferences show "Canon E1/EOS Movie" on source side format, and full Apple Pro Res array of codecs on Target Format. But when I attempt to add the individual H264s files off an external drive via the "add volume" button, all the individual H264 files are grayed out. So I tried opening the folder they live in and get "unsupported media/invalid file structure" prompt. Also, cleared out all pre-existing media in browser and tried again and still grayed out. Also tried directly importing and it didn’t work.

Original files are 5DMark2 created 1080 29.97p H264 originals. Do I need a more specific plug-in? Is there an add file as opposed to add volume tool I should be using? Would love to use FCP's log and transfer tool to transcode rather than use another/3rd party app.

Would love any good ideas soon.

Thanks,

Nick


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Michael Sacci
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 4:54:27 am

Did you copy all the .THM files along with the .mov files? L&T needs them to work. If you have not you need to get them, if they cannot be gotten you have to use Compressor or something like StreamClip to convert them.


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Nick Ravich
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 2:55:43 pm

thanks Michael.

For this particular batch of 5D files, basically created new folders (on external drive) for each new CF card, and selected and dragged files at finder level from the card into these new folders. Then created a larger shoot day folder they all lived in. But for each card transfer I did copy all the contents - .mov and .thm files.

Am I beyond the point of being able to use log and transfer to transcode these files? Should I also somehow recreate that original CF card structure?

Nick.


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Michael Sacci
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 3:59:48 pm

Yes you Need the card folder structure
>Your Folder
>DCIM
>100CANON
- Files


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Nick Ravich
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 4:10:10 pm

So I can just make that folder structure up, and put in the mov and thm files, and then log and transfer that? Cool. Should I preserve the original CF card breakdown? ie create new folder structures per individual card files, or can I create just one big new folder structure and put all files in, independent of whether they were originally recorded to separate cards. Nick.


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Michael Sacci
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 4:33:23 pm

I would ALWAYS keep each card separately. This is most on other types of media and I think you should do it for Canon also. If you have to get curtain files it is easier if there is a little bit of origination to them. Also with L&T FCP will use the your folder as the Reel Name, which is handy if you need to go back to them.

Now I don't know if all the files can be ganged together, but even if they could I wouldn't do it.


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Nick Ravich
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 25, 2010 at 12:10:35 am

Thanks, will give it a shot. Nick.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:14:43 pm

Shane Ross 'splains it all in this here video:
http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nick Ravich
Re: Using log and transfer correctly with 5D 1080 29.97p H264s in FCP7?
on Nov 25, 2010 at 12:11:05 am

Thanks Dave, will take a look. Nick.


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