Canon DSLR cameras like EOS 60D, EOS 550D/Rebel T2i provide the movie recording function, and the videos would be saved in H.264 MOV format. The Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1 really facilitates the import of HD videos from DSLR camera to Final Cut Pro. However, it is not designed to avoid transcoding.
That means you still need to wait for the transcoding from H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes when adding video to queue using FCP 7 or importing to timeline using FCP X. The EOS MOV to ProRes transcoding would not be the major issue you face or concern most. Below are the descriptions from EOS plugin users:
- Canon EOS Plugin for FCP helps me import the video without error message. However, I found that some clips are shorter than what they are really taken. It seems that some frames were dropped when transcoded to ProRes.
- Canon E1 plugin has only imported part of my clips, missing in some cases over 75% of the footage.
The dropped frame issue of EOS plugin is the most serious problem for FCP. Is there any way to avoid this? The current solution is to transcode Canon H.264 MOV to ProRes before importing to FCP.
Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is the recommended Mac EOS converter for you to edit DSLR videos in FCP. It works on 10.7 Lion X, 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard. You can choose output formats according to your usage, e.g. Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and even Apple ProRes 4444.
Below is the quick guide for you to convert Canon DSLR videos to ProRes 422 for FCP on Mac.
- 1. Click the Add button to import the videos, and you may drag and drop the files from Finder to the application UI.
- 2. Click the Format icon to choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format.
- 3. Click the Settings button to set frame size to 1920x1080 according to your original footage.
- 4. Click the convert button under preview window to start conversion.