If you want to edit Canon EOS 1D C 4k video or 1080p MOV footage in nonlinear editing programs such as FCP, iMovie and Avid MC, you might need to take time to convert before you can start post production. This post explains the easiest way to transcodeCanon EOS 1D C footage to Apple ProRes, AIC and DNxHD, the native format of FCP (X), iMovie and Avid Media Composer for editing use.
Being stated as the world’s first 4K resolution DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 1D C, which gains a series of features from the C300 native Full HD camera, is capable of recording 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) video at 24p and 25p in Motion JPEG format. Plus, the Canon EOS 1D C DSLR also supports shooting in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution in frame rate of 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p in H.264 MOV format.
Can my MacBook Pro/iMac handle editing 4K Motion JPEG video or 1080 60p MOV files from the Canon EOS 1D C DSLR? Yes! If you want to edit Canon EOS 1D C 4k video or 1080p MOV footage in nonlinear editing programs such as FCP, iMovie and Avid MC, you might need to take time to convert before you can start post production. Take Final Cut Pro for example, FCP’s native format is Apple ProRes, which means that files saved to this codec do not require any rendering in FCP in order to play them back. However, the Canon EOS 1D C DSLR doesn’t typically use this codec, so if you were to import the footage directly into FCP without using the Log & Transfer function, you may convert your Canon EOS 1D C 4K videos or MOV files to Apple ProRes using 3rd party software like HD Video Converter for Mac. In addition, if you attempt to ingest Canon EOS 1D C 4k video to iMovie, you can use this program to export AIC files, and if you intend to import Canon EOS 1D C MOV files to Avid Media Composer, you can use it to create DNxHD files.
How to transcode Canon EOS 1D C footage to ProRes, AIC and DNxHD, for FCP (X), iMovie and Avid?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Install this HD Video Converter for Mac software on your computer, launch it as a Canon EOS 1D C video converter and click ‘Add File’ to ingest your source media from your camera or from an achieved folder.
Step 2: Select output format
1) Convert Canon EOS 1D C 4k video to ProRes for FCP 6/7 or FCP X:
From the Profile bar, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing code for FCP 6, 7 and FCP X. When loading them into FCP, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
2) Transcode Canon EOS 1D C MOV to AIC for iMovie:
From the Profile bar, move to ‘iMovie/Final Cut Express’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (*.mov)’ as output format.
3) Encode Canon EOS 1D C DSLR footage to DNxHD for Avid:
From the Profile bar, navigate to ‘Avid Media Composer’ column, and choose ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as target format.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings （for advanced users）
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.
Step 4: Start transcoding Canon EOS 1D C footage to required file type
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to transcode Canon EOS 1D C files to a format that is well suited for your NLEs.
You can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things instead of waiting around in front of the computer for the entire conversion process.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate exported QuickTime files
As soon as the conversion process finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated QuickTime files that encoded with ProRes, AIC or DNxHD codec. Now you are able to open them in Final Cut, iMovie or Avid for further editing without any import issues.
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