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Hannah Beers
Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 6:27:21 pm

I've been working on a Macbook Pro in Final Cut Pro mainly with Canon camcorder footage - nothing flashy, and no problems. Recently we invested in a Canon T3i and so I imported DSLR footage for the first time.

I could hardly play the footage for a few seconds before getting dropped frames messages. Thanks to forums like this one, I decided to get a new external (a 3TB G-Drive w/ firewire) and playback is drastically better but still freezes up enough to be irritating.

What else should I try? I'm not familiar with the drive or the camera - maybe a different format to import footage in? Or a setting on the external, or within Final Cut?

Thanks.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 6:39:46 pm

Search the forum and you'll see 10-zillion posts on this subject. Video from DSLRs must be transcoded before editing to an editing codec that FCP likes, like ProRes 422.

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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 6:52:54 pm

Thanks for the reply. And I promise I did look through the forum, but I'm not that fluent in formats or technical language and I wasn't sure which diagnoses apply to my scenario.

What should I use to transcode my footage? FCP or another program?


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Shane Ross
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 7:03:53 pm

Use LOG AND TRANSFER (need to download and install Canon EOS plugin...oh, T3i...you'd have to hack it too)...or use MPEG STREAMCLIP...COMPRESSOR...5DtoRGB...

I have a tutorial here on Log and Transfer, with links to how to hack:

Tapeless Workflow for FCP 7 Tutorial

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Tim Baker
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 8:06:26 pm

Hey Hannah,

My workflow works really well for me...do a web search for MpegStreamclip...it is a stand alone piece of software that is priceless. I use it many times per week.

You can drop your footage in it and transcode in a batch to just about anything that you want. I work mainly with Panasonic as my primary source of footage so I usually go to DVCProHD with it.

It seems to be a little faster and less troublesome than using FCP for the transcode.

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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 8:06:54 pm

I used Compressor to translate the files from Quicktime to ProRes 422, but now the dropped frames are worse than ever! Any other suggestions?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 27, 2011 at 9:53:37 pm

[Hannah Beers] "I used Compressor to translate the files from Quicktime to ProRes 422, but now the dropped frames are worse than ever! Any other suggestions?
"


Now we're into phase #2 - what type of hard drive are you playing the video from? You are using a separate media drive right? And, it's not a USB drive, right?

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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 28, 2011 at 12:56:32 pm

I have a brand new 3TB G-Drive, connected via firewire. I have another drive for running Time Machine, so on the GDrive I have my FCP files as well as older, completed projects. Anything else I should look for?


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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 1:30:17 pm

Now what?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:24:46 pm

Are any of your firewire hard drives plugged in using firewire 400 cables, or are all firewire 800?

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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:31:00 pm

Only 800.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:41:31 pm

Okay Hanna, please tell me how your realtime settings are configured in the little RT drop-down over to the top left side of your timeline.

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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 7:05:41 pm

The following is checked:
Safe RT
Play base layer only
Scrub high quality
Playback Video Quality = Low
Playback Frame Rate = Full
Multiclip Playback
Record to Tape = Full Quality


.... After I checked I switched the playback frame rate to "Half" and now it's playing smoothly! Perhaps that was the problem. Will I need to switch any of these settings before exporting, or are they only relevant for editing?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 8:00:48 pm

[Hannah Beers] ".... After I checked I switched the playback frame rate to "Half" and now it's playing smoothly! "

Instead of "Half" set the playback frame rate to "Dynamic." That way it will play at whatever the highest rate is that doesn't drop frames.

And, the same thing applies to Playback Video Quality.

Make sense???

David Roth Weiss
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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 29, 2011 at 8:04:32 pm

Looks good! Thanks so much.


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consuelo gonzalez
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Sep 30, 2011 at 6:48:14 pm

David, perhaps you can help me too!

1) I have Canon 7D footage that is already on a hard drive. I brought it into
a project in FCP. The footage is stuttering playing back. When I edit into the timeline
every shot needs rendering. Once rendered it plays back fine.

2) What is the proper way to bring media from a Canon 7D card into FCP? I'll be
getting that today.

T H A N K Y O U !!!

THANK YOU,

Consuelo
Mohair Media


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Hannah Beers
Re: Video from Canon DSLR, having problems with dropped frames
on Oct 6, 2011 at 3:28:15 pm

I wish I wasn't back on this thread but I am...

I don't know what changed - suddenly the dropped frames are worse than ever. I have even opened old projects, none of which used dslr footage or gave me problems with dropped frames before, and I can hardly play a couple seconds without issues. Same thing if I start a new project and drop one pro res clip on the timeline.

This G-drive belongs to my employer; when I take my laptop home, I work off a smaller Seagate external (also firewire) and then Final Cut doesn't give me much trouble - so maybe it's a problem with the new external drive or the way it's formatted?


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