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High-definition video capture has become commonplace in digital SLRs across the board, all the way from models aimed at amateurs and the budget-conscious to those intended for professional use. The precise feature set on offer varies widely, however, and along with this the utility of video capture for a variety of purposes.
Canon's latest release EOS Rebel SL1 is one of the top picks for the 2013 Spring. It gives the photographer plenty of control over both the video and audio portions of movie capture. The CMOS sensor records high definition video at a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,088 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio -- approximating what's sometimes referred to as "Full HD", or 1080i/1080p, although it actually includes 8 extra rows of pixels beyond the standard 1,920 x 1,080. The full resolution can be downsampled in-camera to produce 1,280 x 720 (720p) resolution movies, with the NTSC mode using 59.94 frames/second, and the PAL mode offering 50 frames/second. Finally, a standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio mode captures 640x480 pixel (VGA) movies, again with 59.94 frames/second in NTSC or 50 frames/second in PAL.
The Canon 100D records its movies as .MOV files using variable bitrate MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 compression, which is much more conservative of memory card space. H.264 .mov is very friendly to Mac users, as the format is well-supported by both QuickTime and iTunes. Mac based Editing software iMovie, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro also like the .mov format, but not in H.264 codec. Because of its high data rate (20-30mbps), the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 footage is quite demanding and it’s prone to freeze or crash if your Mac is not so up-to-date.
In order to process Canon EOS Rebel SL1 footage fast and seamless on Mac, it requires that the H.264 .mov videos to be transcoded into an editing friendly format before importing the Rebel SL1 video to non-linear editing apps. This is usually done with a Mac Canon Video Converter.
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The software converts Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (100D) H.264 shootings to Apple ProRes/DVCPRO/HDV/Avid DNxHD/AIC/AVI/WMV/MOV/MP4 and creates stunning high definition footage up to 1080p.
How to encode Canon EOS Rebel SL1 footage for editing on Mac
A. Encode Canon EOS Rebel SL1 H.264 video to Apple Intermediate Codec
In attempting of importing Rebel SL1 H.264 video to iMovie or Final Cut Express for smooth editing, you are suggested to transocde H.264 video to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec), the favorite editing codec of iMovie in advance. The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires much more bandwidth and hard drive storage space.
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B. Encode Canon EOS Rebel SL1 H.264 video to Apple ProRes 422 Codec
In order to process Canon DSLR footage fast and seamless in Final Cut Pro, it requires that the H.264 .mov videos to be transcoded into Apple ProRes codec, which is the best intermediate codec developed specifically for seamless Final Cut workflow. Refer to a detailed guide of encoding Canon EOS MOV to ProRes 422 for FCP 7
C. Encode Canon EOS Rebel SL1 H.264 video to DNxHD codec
To get Canon EOS Rebel SL1 H.264 video into Avid Media Composer for post-production, the best way is converting H.264 to DNxHD codec. DNxHD is a video codec intended to be usable as both an intermediate format suitable for use while editing and as a presentation format. It offers you optimal mastering picture quality, minimal degradation over multiple generations, reduced storage requirements, and enables real-time HD sharing and collaboration.
The Pavtube Canon EOS 100D Converter for Mac supports a more variety of DSLR cameras than you expect – including Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D, Rebel T3i, Rebel T2i and Nikon DSLR cams. Pavtube Video Converter reads standalone .mov files from Canon memory card. You don't need the full card structure, just pick up what you want to keep. To learn more conversion solutions for Canon cameras, you are recommended to visit Pavtube Canon Video Converter Tips.
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