Native 5D Mark II Video
“Folks. I think I have been sitting on this news long enough. As you all know, one of the most frustration thing about video editing in HD is that you can never work directly with the original clips without some serious performance hit and frame skipping.

The solution to this issue, so far, has been to either use proxies or transcode the clip into a format that can be rendered in real time (ex: ProRes 422). Each of these solutions has a disadvantage. Proxies add complexity to the workflow (I wish Premiere or FCP would handle them like After Effects does) and if you transcode to another codec, you are losing some image quality (they don’t handle the color the same way). The lost might be minimal but it is there. That is why some people just keep editing in H.264 and accept the ever present render bar as a necessary evil.

Well, it is time to rejoice because very soon all of these issues are going to be history! I have learned that the next version of Quicktime (coming with Snow Leopard) is going to allow real time editing of the Canon 5DMrkII H.264 clips!”

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  1. I was running a laptop with vista, I had problems fighting with laggy playback in adobe premiere pro CS3 editing raw 720p h.264 mov files from my Canon Rebel Ti1 (500D) I went out and got a Gateway SX2800-01r and surprisingly even with the integrated video card HD editing ran as smooth as SD did on my laptop, I even played back footage with the setting to “highest quality” instead of “draft quality” and it ran great! I recommend that computer to anyone that’s having problems with the h.264 files and want to edit in HD

  2. Right now I convert my videos to h.264 MP4 HD first, and then convert again to Apple’s PrORes 422 codec using Compressor.

    I am quite happy with the Pavtube Converter. It is easy to use and supports many different formats. Picture quality is very good for HD conversions, which is all I have used it for so far. It does what I want & at a reasonable price.


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