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Mike Thomas
Best Codec for Editing DSLR
on May 17, 2011 at 2:59:32 pm

I imagine this is an old question to ask but I couldn't really find an answer in past posts so... I have a GH-2 and am wondering what the best codec is for editing my footage on my Windows Sony Vegas. Vegas will edit it natively but I hear that's not the best thing to do. This is all new to me so please expound.
QUESTIONS: 1. What is the BEST codec and WHY?
2. How do I encode my native video?
3. Why is editing natively not a good idea?

Thanks!


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Richard Harrington
Re: Best Codec for Editing DSLR
on May 17, 2011 at 3:04:49 pm

Native is fine if your system can handle it. Otherwise Cineform

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques


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Peter Burger
Re: Best Codec for Editing DSLR
on May 17, 2011 at 7:35:19 pm

In general any i-frame based codec (a codec that saves every single frame) is better for editing.
Saves a lot processor-power and RAM, especially when applying effects. In my experience, even if native editing works, editing will be a lot smoother with i-frame footage.


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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Best Codec for Editing DSLR
on May 17, 2011 at 7:35:56 pm

I tried to edit native, had to go with Neoscene, huge improvement in system functionality. Vegas Pro 9, NLE.

Malcolm
http://www.malcolmproductions.com


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John Frey
Re: Best Codec for Editing DSLR
on May 17, 2011 at 7:53:05 pm

Vegas 10d and Premiere 5.03 and 5.5 handle footage from the GH1 and GH2 just fine.

John D. Frey
25 Year owner/operator of two California-based production studios.

Digital West Video Productions of San Luis Obispo and Inland Images of Lake Elsinore


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