Lynda offering 5dMrkII video training

I don’t know how I missed this one but Lynda is offering a course for 5DMrkII owners on how to edit their clips with Final Cut Pro. The video only covers the basics but it is nice for someone who never touched FCP and wants to get his feet wet. I even managed to learn something!

The problem is that the tutor does not show how to use proxies or convert clips to another format. 5DMrkII files are encoded in H.264 which makes it impossible to edit them in real time without dropping frames.

While editing in H.264 might work, if you only have to do a quick video from various clips, it falls apart as soon as you have to do anything more serious. The preferred method is to use lower resolution proxies in a non compressed format then export the final cut as a sequence of TIF using the original H.264 clips. You then import this sequence in Affect Effects to apply all the required transitions, grading and effects. Yes, it is a bit “more” complicated but it has the advantages of giving you real time editing plus no lost of image quality.

I wonder if the next Macs to come out will be able to use H.264 decoding chips on video card to do all of this work in real time, making the use of these proxies obsolete.

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  • Davidee

    Would the H.264 adapter from ElGato make this better as it is a hardware de/encoder? I do have the 5dmkII and the ElGato so when I scrounge up some free time I may look into that.

  • Stefano Giambellini

    There are some rumors about RT with H264 on FCP, starting with the next release of OSX Snow Leopard + Final Cut Studio 3. I hope so as well as you do…

    • admin

      I know, you are in the site which started this rumor. :-)

      If it proves true, it would be a major time and HD space saver.

  • admin

    Davidee=> I am not familiar with the product but my understanding is that it takes the TV input and convert it into H.264. So useless in this case and anyways it does not interface with FCP.

  • Davidee

    I believe you are thinking of the elgato eyetv hybrid (I have this one as well). I was referring to the turbo.264HD I am not 100% sure if it would help in this case, but it does help dramatically encoding to h264 in quicktime. I do plan to kick it around and see though