Edit Canon H.264 MOV in Avid via DNxHD

Don’t want to wait for a long time for the rendering process while importing Canon EOS H.264 MOV video files to Avid for editing? Looking for a way to make Canon EOS H.264 MOV files work smoothly in Avid? You will find what you need in this post.

If you are shooting with a Canon EOS DSLR camera like Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS Rebel T5/EOS 1200D, Canon Rebel T5i / EOS 700D, Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D, etc., you may probably know these cameras put video files into an H.264 MOV recording format. If you tried to import and edit these Canon EOS H.264 MOV files in Avid systems, you will find that the Canon MOV files needed to be rendered while ingesting and sometimes can not work well with your editing program. Why this happen? That’s because H.264 is a highly compressed format, which is suitable for capture and delivery, but not quite good enough for editing. If you would like to edit Canon EOS H.264 MOV in Avid apps, you will need to transcode Canon EOS H.264 MOV to a format that is well compatible with Avid Media Compose, like DNxHD in a QuickTime MOV wrapper. That’s where Acrok HD Video Converter comes in. This third party converter utility is able to re-encode Canon MOV files to Avid DNxHD with best quality at fast speed.

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Canon EOS MOV and Avid workflow – transcode Canon H.264 MOV to DNxHD for Avid apps

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Run Acrok HD Video Converter as a Canon EOS MOV to Avid Converter, then click ‘Add video’ or ‘Add from folder’ icon to load Canon MOV footage. You can load directly from your camera, or load from a card reader or from an achieved folder that contains your Canon EOS MOV media.

Convert Canon H.264 MOV to DNxHD for Avid

Step 2:Choose output format for Avid MC, Avid Symphony and Avid NewsCutter

From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Editing Software’ > ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format.

Convert Canon MOV to Avid DNxHD for Editing in Media Composer

Step 3: Advanced settings (for advanced users)

If you are an advanced user, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, video codec, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 4: When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start converting Canon EOS MOV to DNxHD that is well compatible with your Avid NLE applications.

Step 5: When the conversion process finished, click ‘Open’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using with Avids.

Tips: The Canon MOV to Avid Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your Canon MOV clips into it to do format conversion at a time. If you don’t want to wait for the entire format shifting process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer after conversion’ and go away to do other things.

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