Join/Merge Canon Vixia HF R21 files for FCP 7

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Join/Merge Canon Vixia HF R21 files for FCP 7

Postby jssqmaty » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:08 am

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From googling, I found many users said that Canon Vixia HF R21 was a price and good camera. It features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD and 32GB of internal flash memory. It is a Canon’s newest entry-level HD camcorder. Besides, it uses the MPEG-4 codec to compress HD content recorded with the camcorder. All of the camcorder’s record modes are AVCHD compliant as well, which is the norm for consumer HD camcorders this day and age. The only notable detail about the R21’s compression options is the addition of a maximum recording bitrate of 24Mbps, which is highest bitrate available for 1080/60i AVCHD recording.

However, if you have got the cam and tried to get Canon Vixia HF R21 MPEG-4 footages to Final Cut Pro for editing, you might meet some problems that the recordings can not be imputed to FCP 7 easily owing to the different codec. For FCP, the most compatible codec is Apple ProRes, but as we all know that the codec of Canon Vixia HF R21 is MPEG-4. To solve the incompatible problem, I suggest you to use a convertr to change the codec to a friendly format on iMac.

Simple guide on converting Canon Vixia HF R21 HD recordings to FCP's native format with best quality.

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Step 1: Install the professional AVCHD to FCP Converter. Run it and transfer the 1080i footages to it. If necessary, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Click "format" bar to choose the compatible output format for FCP 7.

Step 3: You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is better (If the original recordings are 1080 50i, pls set 25fps)

Step 4: Click convert button to start converting 1080i AVCHD to Apple ProRes on Mac OS X.( Before conversion, setting the output directory to save new movies.)

After Canon Vixia HF R21 AVCHD 60i conversion finished , you can click “open” to find the output file to FCP 7 for editing easily.

Tips:
1. If the supposed size of the input files is 1GB, then the memory space should be up to 40GB.
2. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
3. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
4. If you want to edit your files before conversion, you can click the button to trim, crop, add watermark and so on.
5. Deinterlace 1080i files: Click Edit and select "deinterlacing" in the Effect.

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