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Justin Leyba
Should I convert my DSLR footage first?
on Sep 2, 2011 at 8:39:26 pm

Hey!

So I was editing my short film that I shot a few weeks ago with a Canon T3i and I noticed that my computer is slower and I often get what other people call the "red screen of death". I don't know why this is happening because when I edit my Sony FX7 footage it works perfectly. Is the file format of the DSLR bigger than camcorders even though they both record at 1080p?
Anyways, I've been reading a couple of blogs recommending to convert DSLR native footage to mpeg streamclip. Apparently it can convert the DSLR footage into a more Vegas friendly format. Anyone ever tried it before? Will I lose quality when I convert my video?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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Peter Burger
Re: Should I convert my DSLR footage first?
on Sep 2, 2011 at 9:55:52 pm

The H.264 compression is far more processor and RAM intensive than the HDV (MPEG2) compression of your FX7.
Depending on your NLE transcoding to a lossless (or near lossless) format will help with editing.
I'm using MPEG Streamclip for transcoding to DNxHD and do my edits in Premiere CS3.
With Premiere CS5 or CS5.5 you'll be able to edit natively

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