CHAPTER 6

DSLR Postproduction Workflow and Techniques

Transcoding Footage, Syncing Audio, and Color Grading

Most HDSLR cameras shoot in some form of the H.264 codec, which is essentially a finishing or output mode designed for the Web and Blu-ray DVDs. It is not designed to be edited. Why is this codec used then? Because it’s what allows HD to be a viable form—putting a lot of data onto a memory card. When these cameras begin to shoot RAW, there will be a lot more data space needed. For now, this is the technology DSLR shooters are stuck with.

However, with that said, you can drag and drop Canon’s DSLRs native .mov files into Final Cut 7, Sony Vegas Pro, or Premiere Pro and edit straight without any transcoding. Despite that ability, though, ...

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