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  • Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:01 PM

    • stevejones
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    Canon 7D footage

    A new series we are doing is using a lot of Canon 7D footage, probably over 10 minutes worth in a 47 minute show

    The Canon shoots full hd 1920x1080 quicktimes using h264 codec

    Doing a batch import of the first episode was brutally slow since even if we only used a few seconds of a given quicktime, our Symphony (Nitris 4.05) would import the entire quicktime, which took forever

    Some of the quicktimes were b-camera of interviews and 15 minutes long each,

    it took on average 45 minutes to import one of these, even if we only needed a few seconds

    I tried using quicktime pro to make shorter clips of only what we needed but this was time consuming

    and lost any timecode reference so I had to eyematch each clip

    Is there any other way I can speed this up?

    Right now I'm considering doing the batch import in final cut (ugh)

    and exporting a dnxhd quicktime of the entire timeline

    Any thoughts people?

    Thanks, Steve

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  • Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:25 PM In reply to

    • OliverPeters
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    Re: Canon 7D footage

    Steve,

    Yes, it is that slow.

    Two lengthy blog posts I dig that may be helpful (although mainly geared to the 5D):

    http://tinyurl.com/yj2f2rs

    http://tinyurl.com/yd57o3e

    My suggestion:

    1. Import and assemble native H.264 files in FCP on a native H.264 23.98 timeline.

    2. Change timeline setting to ProRes, render and export self-contained QT movie.

    3. Import into Symphony (RGB levels).

    - Oliver

     

  • Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:31 PM In reply to

    • OliverPeters
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    Re: Canon 7D footage

    PS: If you have hardware I/O on the FCP system, you should be able to play the H.264 timeline out through it. Or worst case, the rendered ProRes timeline. Then cable SDI out to Symphony SDI in and capture wild into the Symphony in real-time.

     Oliver

     

  • Tue, Mar 9 2010 9:55 PM In reply to

    • stevejones
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    Re: Canon 7D footage

    Thanks Oliver, that's pretty much what I thought

    pretty bad when an Avid workflow needs Final Cut to make it feasible

    Come on Avid, there are more and more of these non tape based formats every day,

    we need a better way to deal with them

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  • Wed, Mar 10 2010 2:34 PM In reply to

    • TCurren
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    Re: Canon 7D footage

    stevejones:

    Come on Avid, there are more and more of these non tape based formats every day,

    we need a better way to deal with them

     

    i think that's the idea behind AMA.

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