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jstornatore

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Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« on: July 20, 2010, 11:17:19 PM »
The converter called "5DtoRGB" (currently in the beta phase) looks quite promising. It has been demonstrated to be better at converting footage than the EOS E1 plug-in from Canon.

Check it out here: http://rarevision.com/5dtorgb/

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Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« on: July 20, 2010, 11:17:19 PM »

slr_noob

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Re: Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 12:58:57 AM »
From what I can understand (by reading) is this is a converter for AVCHD/H.264 to Pro Workflow programs like ProRes. What kind of advantages are there if I'm only using this to edit videos at a non-professional level? (In short, I'm not sure what are the advantages for using this program to run the footages through compared to just take the file and edit it not so heavily)

Thomas Worth

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Re: Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 08:17:49 PM »
From what I can understand (by reading) is this is a converter for AVCHD/H.264 to Pro Workflow programs like ProRes. What kind of advantages are there if I'm only using this to edit videos at a non-professional level? (In short, I'm not sure what are the advantages for using this program to run the footages through compared to just take the file and edit it not so heavily)
The reason we need a transcoder like 5DtoRGB or Canon's E1 plugin is because H.264 files off the Canon's CompactFlash card don't edit well in Final Cut Pro. Performance is sluggish because H.264 is a GOP format compressor (not all frames are stored in their entirety), and the system must rebuild the frames in realtime during scrubbing, etc. Codecs like ProRes store each frame individually, which dramatically speeds up editing performance.

Another reason to use the software is that 5DtoRGB allows you to select a custom decoding matrix, which can be created with its companion software dMatrix. In a nutshell, this lets you specify how the H.264 video is converted to ProRes, acting as sort of a first-pass color corrector. It's better to make these color decisions during transcoding, rather than transcoding and THEN doing your first-pass color correction. This, of course, is in addition to 5DtoRGB's already superior chroma reconstruction (currently better than almost every other converter out there).

Finally, 5DtoRGB can write timecode from the Canon THM files without requiring that the directory structure from the  CompactFlash card be intact. This is a big time saver if you've just copied all your files into one directory.

DetlevCM

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Re: Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010, 04:26:12 AM »
From what I can understand (by reading) is this is a converter for AVCHD/H.264 to Pro Workflow programs like ProRes. What kind of advantages are there if I'm only using this to edit videos at a non-professional level? (In short, I'm not sure what are the advantages for using this program to run the footages through compared to just take the file and edit it not so heavily)

At a non professional level you are possibly better off getting something like Pinnacle Studio (at least you can cut the video and merge things together, do I need more?:)) - at least that's why I got and it works nicely with the files right out of the camera.

Definitely not a professional tool - but good enough for me.

joey12345

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Re: Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 04:11:27 PM »
My 5d2 files work fine in Vegas 7 (Windows 7 64) straight out of the camera with no converting. Fast, easy cutting, no issues.

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Re: Great New Converter for EOS Footage
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 04:11:27 PM »