This article is a very basic tutorial on how to transcode Canon EOS M3 H.264 video footage to an intermediate format for simple and smooth editing with Avid, Adobe Premiere, and Sony Vegas. If you are having issues editing H.264 footage taken with EOS M3, you may follow it to find a solution.
How can I edit H.264 video files from Canon EOS M3 smoothly in Avid MC?
“Hi, there, I have some H.264 video files from Canon EOS M3. I try to edit them with Avid MC. But it doesn’t edit smoothly. How can I freely edit EOS M3 files? Should I need a more powerful computer system? Can anybody help? Thanks.”
H.264 is a highly compressed format that is good for capture and delivery, but not for editing. To be able to work with EOS M3 H.264 footage in NLEs like Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas smoothly, sometimes you will need to convert them to a format that is best suitable for your editing program first. This requires third party converter software like HD Video Converter. Read on to learn a short guide on how to encode Canon EOS M3 H.264 footage for editing in Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas with optimum performance.
How to convert Canon EOS M3 H.264 files for Avid, Premiere and Vegas?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Canon EOS M3 H.264 Converter for Avid/Premiere/Vegas. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Create editable file from Canon EOS M3 H.264 for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
2) Convert Canon EOS M3 H.264 files for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
3) Transcode Canon EOS M3 H.264 video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
This method is also available when you want to edit Canon EOS M3 H.264 files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Start Canon EOS M3 H.264 files to MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MOV files for use in Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance.
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