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Shaho Teyib
How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:01:28 pm

i have DSLR Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and i work with After Effects CS6
so far Direct i copy all DSLR mov file footage to my Machine
please help me I'm wrong about this or not ? and if that its not right way how i convert to another format without lose quality to work in after effects , thanks and sorry to my barrier English Language


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Peter Burger
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 1:56:46 pm

[Shaho Teyib] "i have DSLR Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and i work with After Effects CS6
so far Direct i copy all DSLR mov file footage to my Machine"


You can do that. No problem, if your computer can handle the footage natively. If you encounter stability or performance issues, you might want to transcode your footage to ProRes (with Compressor, MPEGStreamclip, 5D2RGB, ...) or any other lossless codec like Neoscene, DNxHD, ...

When using in After Effects, I like to transcode the footage before working with it. With my hardware/software setup I get a smoother workflow.

Hope this helps

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Shaho Teyib
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:16:56 am

thanks so much Peter Burger

but i use PC and witch one programs and format better for me?


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Peter Burger
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 4, 2012 at 7:22:08 am

Depends a bit, with which software you work with.

I'm using Windows 7 64Bit with Premiere CS5 and After Effects CS5. Since CS5 it is possible to edit natively (without transcoding). It seems that my setup (older computer) is not perfect for bigger projects.

My workflow is as follows:

I copy the files from the card to my computer (.mov's and .thm's). Backup them to an external drive. Then I use the freeware MPEGStreamclip (http://www.squared5.com/) to transcode the .mov's to DNxHD (http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/Compatibility/en350875) using one of the 1080p presets.

From what I read everywhere on the web, the best codec for transcoding probably is "Neoscene" (http://cineform.com/), but it it a pay-codec.

If you don't want to install a new codec, you can go with Quicktime Animation or Quicktime PNG (both set to 100%) - they are lossless as well.

You surely know, that transcoding into a 10Bit (or even 16Bit) codec will not give you better quality than using an 8Bit codec, since the H.264 MOVs are 8Bit anyway. The same goes for 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 codecs. No quality improvement since the native files are 4:2:0. But it won't downgrade your footage either, just creates bigger files.

For transcoding you can also use 5D2RGB (http://rarevision.com/5dtorgb/) which - for some people - is the software of choice, because it is said to make better colour conversion. What I dislike about it, is that it has (or had) no built-in batch processing. You can transcode files only one by one... Maybe they have implemented that feature...

Hope this helps!

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Shaho Teyib
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 4, 2012 at 10:13:30 pm

Thanks so much Peter Burger for your time to write to much text to me and now its great ,


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Steve Crow
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 2:26:59 pm

The first step is to copy the ENTIRE content of your memory card over to your computer or to an external drive and then back it up so that you have two copies of the original files. Don't simply use your camera as a card reader, instead use an external memory card reader that you plug the memory card in, otherwise you risk not getting all the files copied over.

Next step is usually to convert the video files to another format before working on them. For editing in Final Cut Pro on a Mac I select ProRes 422 using the program MPEG Streamclip. That should work well for you too unless you are on a PC then you will need to convert to another format, others here on this forum can advise you on that.

Steve Crow
Crow Digital Media
http://www.CrowDigitalMedia.com


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Shaho Teyib
Re: How to Export DSLR Footage to Machine ?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:17:32 pm

thanks so much Steve Crow for your time


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