Editing DSLR Footage

How does Hitfilm handle footage straight from a DSLR? Traditionally before editing in Vegas I'd need to transcode footage using Mpeg Streamclip. Can Hitfilm handle the raw footage or would I still need to transcode?

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  • fredclips
    fredclips Website User Posts: 228
    What DSLR? (codex, etc)
    I've got a Canon kiss x4 and Hitfilm has imported the 720p video with no problems so far.
  • Majahr
    Majahr Website User, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 567 Enthusiast
    Hi.
    I don't know, which version of Vegas do you own, but starting from version 10.x (currently 10.d), Vegas supports native import from MOV-containers produced by Canon's EOS 7D, 5D MK II, ... If you've got any problems, you may use proxy-stream. Previously, I've used CineForm to recode the mov-files to a cutable avi-format with very good results.
    Regards,
    Marc
  • AxelWilkinson
    AxelWilkinson Staff Administrator, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 5,250 Staff
    I regularly import footage straight out of my Canon 7D while testing the software. Of course, H.264 still isn't an editing codec, and you will see better performance and better quality if you transcode to something that is, but the footage will work straight out of the camera.
    Its worth nothing though, that since Quicktime optimization hasn't yet been completed, you will see snappier performance from your Canon DSLR video if you simply change the suffix from .mov to .mp4 before importing it.
  • Majahr
    Majahr Website User, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 567 Enthusiast
    Hi again.
    Okay...I've tryed to import a 1080p footage from my Canon 7D and put it on the timeline. While playback with Render:Full turn it into a slideshow, Render:Half could fit my needs. Well, I'll try to recode it using Cineform but it would be cool, if you guys could take a look and this type of footage to improve it's playback inside Hitfilm. Sony Vegas has improved this import in 10.x and from this time, I didn't need to use Cineform anymore...and it would be great to skip this step in Hitfilm, too 8-|
    Regards,
    Marc
  • AxelWilkinson
    AxelWilkinson Staff Administrator, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 5,250 Staff
    As my previous post mentioned, Quicktime optimization is still to come, and will bring dramatic speed improvements for Quicktime footage. This was also mentioned in one of the videos as a top priority for the developers, to get finished right away. So we are aware of the situation and are working to improve it as quickly as we can.
    But again, H.264 won't ever be a proper editing codec, and transcoding will still bring benefits, particularly if image quality is critical. We do understand that sometimes speed and convenience are more crucial though, so proper support for footage direct from the camera isn't being neglected.
  • Majahr
    Majahr Website User, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 567 Enthusiast
    Hi.
    Thank you for clearing - it seems, I'd miss the announcement of mov-speedup.
    Regards,
    Marc
    BTW: As longer as I play with Hitfilm, I love it more & more...