Simplify your HDSLR Post

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Shooting on a HDSLR can give you an amazing image out of the camera. Although, what do you do with the footage once you’ve shot it? If you have been on a Final Cut Pro (FCP) workflow, you know the pain. In the early days we used a mix-and-match method of Compressor droplets or third party transcoders like MPEGStreamClip. These methods worked and were semi-effective in editing your clips in a native Pro Res 422 timeline. That was it. No metadata or timecode. You were left with a MVI_xxxx file that now was in Pro Res. You then could go through the tedious task of manually inputting clip metadata in the browser, which is very time consuming. Well, in March of this year Canon listened and offered the EOS Movie E1 Plugin for Final Cut Pro. This plugin allowed us now to use FCP’s Log & Transfer window to transcode to Pro Res 422 AND input metadata to your clip at the same time. Also, Canon gave us timecode. Now you can use the time of day stamp on your HDSLR to be your “time of day code”. Great for multi-cam edits. Canon has dropped a new version of this plugin, version 1.1, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only do you have more variables of metadata now to tag your clips, but the new version takes advantage of your multi-core processor to speed up transcoding time. Canon had announced this plugin would be available mid September. I have not found it on the Canon USA website but, I have found it on Canon Europe’s software site. See below for the link. Believe it or not Canon is listening. Simplify your HDSLR post.

Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Version 1.1

Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • tworems

    Unfortunately I was not able to make the hack for T2i/550D work for this release. Sad, sad indeed.

  • tiprock

    I don’t like that the FCP plugin needs the card in and can’t read from a hard drive. Right now I just use mpeg streamclip + qtChange for adding reel # and adding shooting time Timecode from the THM files.

  • Chris Collins

    You should be able to read from a hard drive without problems. Use the E-1 plugin from Canon’s site.

  • http://www.wideopencamera.com chris marino

    tiprock-
    You do not have to keep the files on the card to use the E1 Plugin in FCP. When you mount your CF card on your desktop you will see it showing “EOS_DIGITAL”. When you open this card you will now see two folders “DCIM” & “MISC”. These two folders make up the top level of the root structure of the card. These cannot be modified, for FCP’s Log & Transfer needs a root structure for the E1 plugin to work. All you need to do is create a new folder on your external HDD. Go back into the “EOS_DIGITAL” card and select the “DCIM”& “MISC” folder and copy them. Now finally go back to your newly created folder on your external drive and paste into that folder. Boom. Now you’ve copied the root structure intact and can reformat your card. FCP likes this and you just need to point the Log & Transfer browser to open the newly created file on your external drive. I assure you once you do this, you’ll never go through MPEGStreamClip with it’s complete lack of any metadata support again. Cheers.

  • http://www.joelconder.com Joel Conder

    Just one thing to be careful of that i noticed, when using the E1 plugin, was that it doesn’t always import the entire clip. I found it best to mark in and outs and not just import the entire clip or leave FCP alone whilst importing.

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  • http://wideopencamera.com Chris Marino

    Just made it simpler by picking up CS5.5