After such a long time since it was announced, Canon's first mirrorless EOS camera --- Canon EOS M has finally got in hand. Besides its advanced 18MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, new Hybrid AF system, and a 3.0" 1,040k-dot touch-screen LCD for easy and convenient point and shoot, Canon EOS M's most attractive feature is its capability of shooting Full HD 1920*1080 recordings at 30, 25 or 24 fps, which are well-rendered in great detail to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card or displayed directly onto an HDTV in real-time. The only problem, as many Canon DSLRs may have, is the incompatibility which will jump out when you want to import Canon EOS M 1080p MOV to Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac.
Obviously, what matters is not the MOV fomat, since it is fine while playing with QT player on Mac, but the H.264 codec. It is a highly compressed codec, great for playing/streaming videos. But as for editing H.264 MOV in FCP 7, it is not such a suitable choice. In order to make Canon EOS M footages editable in FCP 7, you have to convert H.264 MOV to ProRes 422, the codec which is proved to be the most compatible one with FCP 7. You are provided with five options, including Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov) and ProRes 4444 (*.mov). Here listed the main difference of the five ProRes codecs.
a. ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;
b. ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
c. ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);
d. ProRes 422 (Proxy): provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio;
e. ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
A top Video Converter for Canon EOS M and FCP 7 users should be developed with all the five options. Here recommended the best H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes Converter for Mac in that it is not only capable of converting H.264 MOV files to Apple ProRes codecs, all 5 ProRes codecs included, but also able to make your work easier with some useful editing functions, including joining imported clips together for easy importing, trimming section of your file, adding text/image/video watermarks to your original files, replacing audio tracks, etc. Follow the four-step conversion and you are capable of importing/editing Canon EOS M files in Final Cut Pro 7.
Four-step Guide for transcoding H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes for FCP 7
Step 1: Free download the trial version of Mac Video Converter, install it on your Mac and mport the Canon EOS M H.264 files to the Video Converter.
Step 2: Hit the Format box and select one of the Apple ProRes codecs on the dropdown list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format. Due to the difference in the compresstion standard of AVCHD and ProRes 422, the converted files are significantly larger than the original ones. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.
Tip: Since ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy), and ProRes 4444 have not been added to FCP 6, you'd better not set one of them as output if you happen to edit your H.264 files in FCP 6 before upgrading FCP 7.
Step 3: Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface. The screen shot listed below is our recommendation on the settings for you.
Step 4: Click the arrow button to start converting H.264 MOV files to Apple ProRes on Mac immedaitely.
After the H.264 MOV to ProRes conversion is 100% completed, please run the FCP 7 and click File --> Import --> Files for editing Canon EOS M files in FCP 7 without any rendersing and quality loss. Besides the ability to transfter the EOS M files to FCP 7, the versatile Video Converter for Mac users can help you ingest/edit H.264 MOV files into FCP X, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe After Effects, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are interested, please link to Brorsoft's Video Converter for Mac to get more info.
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