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Kai Cheong
Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
on Jul 10, 2012 at 8:24:42 am

I'm looking for tips on batch transcoding 5DMkIII footage to ProRes on FCP 6.0.6 and OS 10.5.8 (Leopard). Because the new suite of MkIII software requires minimum 10.6 Snow Leopard to run, I'm having problems transiting from my MkII workflow - not able to use the FCP L&T plugins from Canon. I'm also in the middle of a project - so OS upgrade is not an option.

I'm currently experimenting with Compressor transcodes but that's tedious and not so efficient. Anyone has recommendation of a good app that works on (not Snow) Leopard for this? The ability to keep timecode and would be quite important. Seems like 5DtoRGB is now minimum Snow Leopard as well, so that's out.

Thanks!

Kai
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Michael Gissing
Re: Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
on Jul 10, 2012 at 9:01:02 am

Your best bet is to find a FCP7 system and digitize everything into ProRes422. Then take the ProRes422 files back to FCP 6. Grinder, 5DtoRGB and Log & Transfer all need SL or later and FCP7 with the latest mk111 plugin.

Compressor and MPEGStreamClip work on older OS but do not retain timecode.


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Kai Cheong
Re: Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
on Jul 10, 2012 at 9:48:11 am

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the tips. I've just downloaded the trial version of Magic Bullet Grinder and it runs okay on my Leopard/FCP 6. I think it just means I don't have the option to transcode to ProRes LT/4444.

No timecode though, but with careful re-arranging, at least I could run continuous TC per reel. On the upside, it looks like it'll be faster than L&T in FCP.

Kai
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Bouke Vahl
Re: Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
on Jul 10, 2012 at 5:12:50 pm

well, you could use QTchange to save the TC attributes, and apply them later after the transcode.

hth,

Bouke

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