Canon DSLR Footage in Media Composer 5
With the release of Avid Media Composer 5, many of the issues associated with editing Canon DSLR footage have been eliminated. The new version allows users to either find the sequences on their computer or just connect to their camera. And, other timecode and workflow issues have also been resolved.
Previous Problems with Avid
Avid Media Composer 4.5 had quite a few issues with transcoding anything other than Avid Media clips or that which it already had native coding for, including XDCAM. So, when Canon DSLR files were imported, they had to be converted into Avid Media's codec and MCF files.
Plus, it took a long time to convert the files into the needed Avid resolution so that a user could drop the clips into the workflow. Further, in the previous version, there were some issues with read timecode data, which allows users to synch audio and video when editing.
What Users Can Do Now
While these were problems with the previous version, Media Composer 5 has basically corrected all these problems. For example, the read timecode issue has been taken care. Now, when the software connects to the Canon DSLR media file, it will create a new timecode based on the metadata within the file. It will create a Time-of-Day code based on when the file was recorded. This allows users to synch both audio and video easily.
Also, users can access their video via either a USB drive or from the camera directly. And, this is actually faster than trying to import the clips files from other places.
Using Liquid with Canon DSLR Clips
Besides now being able to use the timecode, users can also specify at what resolution that they would like clips to be imported. For example, if a user plans on using something offline, they can import it as Standard Def 15:1. If they want something for online or even professional work, they should probably import the clips at a higher resolution.
Media Composer also makes the over workflow process easier. Once a clip has been imported, the program will create a source file UNC path. Basically, this means that Media Composer will always be able to find the original source as long as it's in the same spot. This allows users to easily re-import files if they want to access the original files again.
If the files, however, have been moved around, then Media Composer will need a little assistance to find them again. But, they won't need to do that much. To re-import the files again, users just need import the files from the new location. Once the first clip or sequence has been added to Media Composer, then Media Composer will recognize that rest of the clips and import them automatically.
What Sets Media Composer Apart
Media Composer makes editing files easy. Users can easily switch out clips, synch music and add effects. Filmmakers can edit one clip at a time, but also see all clips that precede and come after that clip. Plus, it's now only one of a few video editing software programs that can handle media filmed on a Canon DSLR.