Got a great question from photographer Carlo Calope today:
“Hey Christine! I wanna ask.. You shoot video using the 7d right? Do you edit your footage using final cut pro? If yes.. How do you convert your capture file to a specific codec match in final cut? Any help would greatly be appreciated!”
You’ve gotta use conversion software like Mpeg Streamclip (a great little free program you can download here) and convert all your footage to Apple Pro Res 422 if you want the best performance in final cut!
What I do is set up a pre-set for the Pro-res quality and then do a batch process. (Select List -> Batch List) It takes a while if you’ve shot a bunch of footage so it’s usually best just to leave it overnight. Go to sleep and it’ll be done in the morning.
Another program that does this is called Magic Bullet Grinder from Red Giant Software, and it costs about $49. This program also lets you convert your 60fps footage to playback in 24fps, and can add timecode during the conversion.
The third option, although I haven’t really used this one much, is to use the “Log and Transfer” window in Final Cut 7 – supposedly this will convert your footage and you can start working on it right away.
By converting your footage to Pro Res you’ll be allowing for a much smoother edit in Final Cut.
Of course, with the new Final Cut X coming out in June – the news is that you won’t need to do this conversion step any more because it will automatically do that for you. I’m really excited about the new Final Cut – it’ll cost just $300 via the Apple App Store in June – read more about it here.