fcp canon eos plugin vs. compressor vs. mb grinder

From where I stand, there are three methods to get your 5dmarkii h264 footage transcoded to ProRes for editing in FCP.  I’ll just say up fron that if the only update Apple makes for FCP 7 is native playback of h264 files then all the attention Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Craposer are getting would be immediately rendered moot.  But I digress.

Click on the above image for an explanation or click here to download.  The EOS plugin enables FCP to recognize a compact flash card with 5dmarkii footage as a mountable volume that shows up in the Log & Transfer window.  From there, you can transcode your native footage to the ProRes flavor of your choice.

The above is a nifty walkthru video showing how to setup a quick cluster in Apple Compressor.  If you have a laptop and just two cores this is no big deal, but if you have 4 or more cores this can really help things along.  And it’s how I’m currently converting my footage from this weekend as I write this post.

I haven’t used Magic Bullet Grinder but Scott Simmons and Oliver Peters have, so check out their reviews for more info.  The appeal to me and my friend James is that it appears that it would just work, unlike quick clusters in Compressor which can, at times, be wonky.

proactively • just make h264 play back natively in FCP please • peter

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s new rules

None of the manufacturers listed above are paying Peter Salvia to write this article and, so far, none have sent him any samples or demonstration items.  Peter is a B&H Sales Affiliate and receives a commission from items linked to B&H and purchased through this site.  Oh yeah, and he’s an Apple Certified Trainer so you can derive his bias for yourself.

2 Responses to “fcp canon eos plugin vs. compressor vs. mb grinder”

  1. June 10, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I recall just before CS5 was announced that a nifty plugin for CS4 allowed native H264 editing. I have a feeling that company has not sold a lot of copies of that plugin but if they were to port that to FCP I think they’d have a huge jump in sales. I recall seeing it on Fresh DV or Pro Video Coalition.

    • 2 psalvia
      June 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

      I agree Giulio. I’m hoping FCP will simply send out a point release update that allows for native h264 editing. Would save so much time and hard drive space, not to mention work flow headaches.

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