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Gray Marshall
Best codec for 7D footage
on Sep 25, 2010 at 5:55:13 am

Newbie here...

I'm getting ready to ingest a big project shot on a Canon 7D. I know that I need to use the Canon plugin to convert from the native H.264, and my main choices are variants of the ProRes family. I expect this project to have a 90-ish minute finish length, and it is very likely that we will actually do our final conform on FCP7.

So, should I ingest/convert to ProRes 422 (Proxy), then re-ingest at ProRes 444 for conform, or is that just a waste (considering the original source... ProRes 444 may be more resolute than the original footage)? It has been suggested that I just ingest at ProRes 422 (normal) and cut it with no re-ingest/conform step.

Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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Rafael Amador
Re: Best codec for 7D footage
on Sep 25, 2010 at 8:50:31 am

Don't waste your time and go directly to plain Prores.
With Prores HQ you won't extract more quality from the 420 H264 of the camera. Prores 444 not even to consider.

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