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Join Chad Perkins, an author and videographer, as he introduces the essential concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR camera. Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting better video, this course covers cinematography basics, DSLR pitfalls, important gear, and postproduction workflow. Along the way, discover how to choose lenses, record audio, and make shots more professional.
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Chad Perkins: As I mentioned in the last movie, I prefer to use Premiere because I can just bring in H.264 files and just get to editing them. But you may prefer a different editing system or you may prefer to transcode your files anyway, so that they run smoother even in Premiere. If you're using Adobe products, you might want to use the Adobe Media Encoder. And you can just drag and drop files from your computer's operating system, either Explorer or the Finder on the Mac, just drag them here and then you could change the format through this drop down and you could change or use a series of presets.
You could also change where you are going to save it, and whenever you're ready you just click the Play button. And whatever files you have loaded here into this window, will render one after another. Now as I mentioned, the H.264 files that most DSLRs create are really tough on editing systems. Even with Premiere, if you start adding a bunch of effects, it's going to start slowing things down. So usually, if you are going to re-encode the footage, you want to use the most efficient editing codec possible. Perhaps the most popular format for transcoding is a QuickTime file that uses the ProRes series of codecs.
These are really high-quality files that are just really easy for editing systems to use. Now in order to use the ProRes codec when encoding footage, you will need to have either Final Cut Pro or Compressor installed on your system. If you don't have those installed, you can go over to the Apple App store on a Mac, if you're a Mac, and get Compressor which will install not only the software compressor which is kind of like Adobe Media encoder, but just different; it's Apple's version of kind of like Adobe Media encoder, re-encoding software.
But it also will install the ProRes codecs. Now if those aren't options for you or if you're on a PC, I might recommend going to cineform.com and getting something called NeoScene. This will allow you to encode AVI files that are CineForm AVI files. So it's kind of like the best possible equivalent on a PC of Apple's ProRes. Now again, it's not always necessary to transcode and it does take a long time for the workflow, but then when you're editing, it's just so much smoother.
So it's your choice whether to use an editing suite like Premiere where you could just dump the files and start going, or if you would like to transcode to get things moving a little faster.
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