Ingest Canon EOS 5D Mark III shootage file to FCP on Mac

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Ingest Canon EOS 5D Mark III shootage file to FCP on Mac

Postby lucy198754 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:21 pm


The new generation Canon EOS 5D Mark III has attracted much attention even since it has not came out to the market. As good as it is, there have always been certain areas of the 5D Mark II’s performance that could do with some improvement. With the unveiling of Canon EOS 5D Mark III, it seems that Canon has finally listened to its large customer base. But users will bothered by one problem. When they want to ingest Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1080p MOV files to FCP for editing, they will hit a snag in the form of a "contains unsupported media... invalid directory" error. You can import your files with Log and Transfer but you have to back up the ENTIRE CARD STRUCTURE from the beginning.

Then how to import Canon EOS 5D Mark III recording to FCP without rendering? In order to achieve the goal, you should know the H.264 codec is perfect for viewing while Apple ProRes is the codec, which is great for editing with FCP. So you have to convert Canon EOS 5D Mark III MOV to Prores (.mov) for FCP.

Step 1: Import Canon EOS 5D Mark III shootage to the best MOV to FCP Converter for Mac.
Launch Canon EOS 5D Mark MOV to FCP Converter for Mac, and then click the adding button to import your H.264 MOV files. You can tick the box in front of the file you want to convert. If your MOV files have already been transferred to your Apple hard drive, you can easily drag them to the best Canon EOS 5D Mark III H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes Converter.
Tip: If you have multiple MOV files, you can select the “Merge into one” box to merge the MOV files into one single file for FCP so that you can play these files without interruption.

Step 2: Select an output format for FCP and set the output folder.
Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sub list are there a few formats which are all compatible with FCP. Here we recommend the Apple PreRes 422(HQ) if you give the priority to the quality of the converted videos. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.
Note: If you want the files to be in smaller size, you can follow Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov) option. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov), which is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings as well.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.
Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Note: You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.


Step 4: Start converting your Canon EOS 5D Mark III H.264 MOV files to Apple ProRes for FCP.

Click the “Convert” button; it will transcode Canon EOS 5D Mark III recording file to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.


When the 5D Mark III H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes conversion process is 100% completed, you will be able to get the output files for Final Cut Pro by clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted and/or merged Canon EOS 5D Mark III H.264 MOV to Final Cut Pro for editing with high quality without any trouble.
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