Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to import Canon EOS T2i/550D MOV to FCP X for editing

Follow the guide to easily transcode your Canon T2i/550D 1080p H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 MOV format for smoothly editing on Mac.

EOS T2i/550D, a famous Canon DSLR that can offer HD video recording, is perfect for capturing clips or sequences which a consumer camcorder would otherwise find difficult or impossible. The T2i allows you to film at either 1920x1080, 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels with 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps. Video is an absolute highlight of the EOS T2i/550D and it's wonderful to have this degree of control in a camera. 

All of these are great, till you find it is a problem when you want to edit Canon T2i/550D footage in Final Cut Pro X. The thing is, I'm having an issue with the video clips during importing to FCP X: the output video from Final Cut Pro X is choppy, and there are lags or skipped frames even when exported to 30fps." The extension of the video file is mov, isn't this is a FCP friendly format? How can I import my Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D mov video to FCP X for editting?  

T2i record video in H.264 MOV, this format is supported by many editing software, but it can't be supported perfectly, take FCP X for example. Final Cut Pro X supported best video format is Apple ProRes 422 Codec MOV format, you can edit video with this format in Final Cut Pro X smoothly. That is to say, it's great choice to convert T2i/550D MOV to ProRes 422, then you can edit T2i/550D video well in FCP X on Mac. You can follow the steps below to convert T2i/550D footages for FCP X. 

Required software: Canon to FCP Converter for Mac 

Working as a Canon DSLR Camera to FCP Converter, it helps you import CanonT3i MOV to FCP, encode Canon 5D Mark III MOV for FCP X, edit Canon G12 MOV with FCP, as well as transcode Nikon D3200 MOV to ProRes for FCP X 

Step through: 

Step one. Run Pavtube Canon Video Converter for Mac. Click "Add" button, browse to the footages and load them to the converter. 

Step two. Select the items to be converted, and click on "Format" bar to set a FCP friendly format in Final Cut Pro template.

There are Apple ProRes family, DVCPRO and HDV codecs for your choice.

Basically, "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" is the best format for 
converting 550D footage to FCP.

If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead. 

Step three. Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters.

My advice is to set the video size, bitrate and fame rate to be exactly as the footages so that you will suffer least quality degradation.

For example, when the video is shot at 1920*1080, 5mbps, 30fps, you could set Size-1920*1080, Bitrate-original, Frame rate-30.

If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step. 

Step four. Click the "Browse" button next to the Output File Name field and select a location on your HDD for the output video file. 

Step five. Click the "Convert" button to start conversion. After conversion you can click the "Open" button to locate converted video files for importing to FCP without rendering.

Now can easily transcode T2i/550D 1080P H.264 files to FCP X compatible format for editing, this software runs fast, so you can convert your T2i/550D footages to FCP in less time.

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