Canon finally releases their DSLR plug-in for Final Cut Pro’s Log and Transfer tool

The Editblog on PVC by Scott Simmons

Use the FCP Log and Transfer tool to directly transcode and import into FCP


We all know this fact: The Canon DSLRs (5D, 7D, 1D) use the H.264 codec for the video they shoot and wrap that into a .mov QuickTime. While Final Cut Pro does work with .movs, these H.264 versions are clunky to edit requiring much rendering when in a FCP timeline. H.264 wasn’t designed to be a robust edit format anyway so the files need to be transcoded into something more edit friendly.

Enter the new EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro. You can download it from Canon’s website my selecting Mac OS X from the Drivers / Software Selection on the website.

This plug-in delivers on an idea that the folks at Gluetools had been promising for a while but the info has since been removed from their website. Apparently this Canon release is that plug-in. Such a plug-in eliminates the need to send a batch through Compressor (or another transcoding application) to make ProRes files from your H.264 originals. While there’s still very valid reasons to use a Compressor-like workflow (speed, multicore or distributed rendering, transcoding on a different workstation) it makes good sense to be able to do this in Log and Transfer as well.

Log and Transfer does provide some nice options. It’s a good place to audition your clips and take care of some logging tasks right from the start of an edit. While I prefer to have as much footage from a shoot as possible online to edit there are often heads and tails and/or entire clips that you would never need ... like when the camera man was accidentally rolling while the camera is pointed at the floor. The Log and Transfer tool is a good place to sort this out. With this tool you can make INs and OUTs on clips as well as log clip names, comments and metadata. read more...

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