Which software for editing DSLR video ?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by qveda, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. qveda macrumors regular

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    I have a 5D Mk II . The video output is Quicktime MOV format - H.264 video, PCM sound.

    Can't afford the full-powered editors like Final Cut Pro, but expect I will need more than iMovie. Maybe Final Cut Express.

    Would appreciate info on workflow and editing software. for example: transfer video clips from CF card to Mac.
    convert file to xyz format , using (??).
    Then import clips into FCE ? or other suitable editor

    thanks!
     
  2. ICutWithMacs macrumors member

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    fce

    yea definitaly final cut express. get a trial on it. DO NOT get preimere elements like i did before i got final cut studio. it renders video HORIBLY. so go with final cut express.;)
     
  3. TheRhythmRefuge macrumors newbie

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    Final Cut Express is a great way to go as your editing program.

    Final Cut Express doesn't come with Compressor to make the DSLR clips editing friendly.

    So it's good to download a separate program to convert the clips to Apple ProRes.

    A freeware option is MPEG Streamclip that works well. Another program that does the same thing but has more features to it is Magic Bullet Grinder but that will run you $50.
     
  4. Penny's Geek macrumors member

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    I would suggest Final Cut Express. I have a Canon TI1 and use FCE to edit the footage. I would also suggest using MPEGStreamclip to compress it with if you plan on uploading it to the web.
    PG



     
  5. aar2697 macrumors member

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    I highly recommend Final Cut Express. Its just feature packed and once you learn Final Cut its very easy. I use Final Cut Studio and it just blows away Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc. The best quality I've ever gotten was from Final Cut. So I would choose Final Cut Express if I were you.
     
  6. ICutWithMacs macrumors member

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    Some ppl on another thread just dont get that
     
  7. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm getting the message that FCE would meet my needs. What I'm still not clear about the need to convert files prior to importing clips into FCE.
    ( TheRythmRefuge suggested I use MPEG Streamclip. )

    Is it correct that FCE cannot import video clips(H.264 MOV files) directly from my 5D Mk II card as editable video clips ?

    Must the workflow be like this: ?
    1) transfer and convert 5D MkII video to my Mac using a program like MPEG Streamclip.
    2) Import converted clips into FCE
    3) Edit in FCE
     
  8. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    It's because it doesn't. And trust me, I'm being completely objective on this. I edit for a living and use Final Cut Pro. But the differences between the two programs is negligible. And Premiere is even better in some regards.
     
  9. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    Yes, that's the correct workflow. h264 is not an editor friendly format. It's meant to be used as a delivery format.
     
  10. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    You said that you 'expect' that you need more than iMovie. You may not, of course. You should give iMovie a try first. it may be all you need. But if money is no object...then, sure..go for FCE.

    It's just that you seem to have not even tried iMovie...which is a powerful free option that came with your computer. You may not need more than that.
     

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