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Guy Ducker
Looking for the perfect Canon DSLR to Avid workflow...
on Oct 1, 2012 at 12:43:45 pm

I'm trying to find a workflow to deal with material shot on Canon DSLRs so that I can output from Media Composer 5.5.2 a Quicktime that will have every ounce of picture quality from the original.

Okay, to be honest I've found such a workflow, but it's pretty long-winded (transcode rushes to ProRes422 via Squeeze, link to these files via AMA and then transcode again to DNxHD, relink to ProRes at the end); what I'm hoping for is a one stage process.

I've tried importing the camera's h.264 files via AMA, but that loses details in the blacks. Changing the settings to "Compress graphic levels to video levels" seems to help to pull back some of the detail in highlights and shadows, but there's still detail loss.

Has anyone tried the Sorenson Squeeze MXF conversion workflow, whereby it supposedly creates Avid-ready .mxf files from your camera originals? It needs Sorenson Squeeze Pro, which is pricey, so I'd like to know that it works before forking out for it.

Is there any other 3rd party software out there that might help?

Many thanks,


Guy Ducker


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