Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Meet Final Cut Pro, part of Photography Video Workflow: Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II.
Apple designed Final Cut Pro to be a very powerful editing application. As a…matter of fact, they also designed it to be a very simple and easy to use, and…that's exactly why professional editors have embraced Final Cut Pro. …It's simple, easy and very powerful. So with that said, I would like to take a…moment to introduce the interface to you so that you're a little more…comfortable working with this application when you continue with the future…lessons in this training series.…So, let's start off in the upper left- hand corner of the interface and let's…talk about this window and this is called the Browser. Now, the Browser window…contains two major components that I'd like to address. The first component is…the Browser contains all of your projects and project elements. It also…contains Effects which is the second item that I want to address.…
If I Click on the Effects tab, notice how it comes forward. If I Click on a…Project tab, notice how that comes forward. Yes, this is a Project tab and the…
Photography Video Workflow: Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II was created and produced by Frank Rohmer. We are honored to host his material in the lynda.com library.
- Preparing system hardware for editing HD footage
- Creating a Canon 5D Mark II project preset for HD video
- Transferring and importing Canon HD video files into Final Cut Pro
- Editing with three-point edits, drag and drop, and automated techniques
- Understanding transitions and filters for HD video
- Converting non-drop frame to drop frame for broadcasting
- Finishing a project out to DVD, Windows Media, Flash, or QuickTime
Skill Level Intermediate
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.