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Finishing and exporting your movie

Finishing and exporting your movie: Photography Video Workflow: Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II
Finishing and exporting your movie: Photography Video Workflow: Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II

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Q: In the sequence in the "Auto sequence setup" chapter, the QuickTime video setting is set to H.264, after the instructor prompts us to import the movie into ProRes422 or similar. Therefore, my movie will be 422 and my QuickTime video compressor sequence setting is  H.264. Shouldn’t the sequence be set to the same codec as the movie that has been imported?

A: The general rule is that you should edit your footage in the same codec that it was shot in unless you are shooting with a codec like H.264 (Canon, HDSLR cameras). Outside of the HDSLR circle, professional videographers will select a video camera that they believe has the best codec to shoot in. Once that selection has been made they'll typically leave the codec alone while editing.
In the case of Canon HDSLRs, the codec is very challenging to work with, hence the reason for transcoding to ProRes 422. Because H.264 is extremely tough for all editing systems, Canon recommends transcoding their H.264 native codec to ProRes 422. You don't have to do this. Final Cut Pro will edit either way.
Even if the sequence settings are different then the codec used, Final Cut Pro will allow you to go either way. You always have a choice. That's one of many reasons to use Final Cut Pro.

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Cameras + Gear DSLR Video Photography Video Final Cut Pro

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