Canon have released, finally, the EOS E1 plug in for Final Cut Pro. This lets you use the log and transfer within FCP to directly convert your H264 files into all flavours of Pro Res in FCP 7 and Pro Res 422 and HQ in FCP 6. It also adds timecode based on the cameras date and time stamp, let’s you select in and out points to just bring in the bits you want and also lets you create DMG disk image of your card. You can download the file here. For instructions for how to use it click here.
It’s very cool, and nice to be able to skip mpeg streamclip and for it to be perfectly integrated within FCP. Also it is apparently 3x faster than compressor.
I have been using it for a couple of months now as it’s great. Just like importing SxS, P2 or Red.
It’s compatible with the 5Dmk2, 7D and 1Dmkiv.
To make it work with the Rebel T2i or 550D follow Nathan Beaman’s simple instructions here. He simply instructs you to change the .plist list of cameras it works with. Make sure you make a copy of the file before you change it in case you screw it up!!
It works. nice job Nathan!
Personally I like to import as Pro Res LT as disk space is important to me and I think the quality is great. But I know colourists who will kill me for saying that as they always use HQ!