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  • Tue, Aug 20 2013 3:43 PM

    5D problems


    I'm trying to look ingest media from a 5D (don't know whether it was a mkii or mkiii). I have the Canon XF64 AMA plugin installed.  I can open an AMA volume and see the clips in the bin but trying to load into the source monitor I get the spinning beach ball for ages then the error message 'Exception: CDCIReader_UNKNOWN_CMPRESSION_TYPE'.


    Obviously this is a codec problem but I'm at a loss as to what else to install.  Get info on the clip tells me H264 as the compression type.



  • Tue, Aug 20 2013 4:16 PM In reply to

    Re: 5D problems

    I should have mentioned I'm using Symphony 6.5.3 on a Mac OS 10.7.5

  • Sat, Aug 24 2013 1:13 AM In reply to

    • oze
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    Re: 5D problems

    I do quite a bit of work from 5D material and I almost never edit directly from the original H.264 files using AMA. It always works best to transcode. I use a simple workflow that enables the original files to used in a final grade (DaVinci?) via an EDL or output direct output if necessary. I applied it from a tutorial by Oliver Peters and it works great everytime.

    1) Backup the EOS card, copy the files to a work disk and rename the files to something specific to the job. I use "A Better FInder Rename" software to batch this and it only takes a second.

    2) Use QT Change to add timecode, reel numbers etc to your re-labelled H.264's. This will also generate an Avid ALE file. Import this into Media Composer to get all your metadata.

    3) Use MPEG Streamclip to transcode to your flavor of DNxHD. I usually only do 36 since my director's prefer grading off the original files (the ones with the altered files names) but you may want to go to the next level if you are outputting directly. Forget the highest 10 bit codecs, the camera does not match that bit rate and you will be wasting drive space by over sampling.

    Open the MC project and batch import the QT MXF files using the same DNXHD flavor and the files will simply re-wrap from QT to MXF. You'll know it's right because they will "fast import". If it tries to transcode then something is not matching up.

    4) Edit.

    5) Create EDL and AAF or output directly.

    Working this way gives me the confidence to hand the files and an EDL off to a post-facility and know that it will conform correctly and it also makes the editing process faster and less of a hassle . . .

    Good luck!

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  • Sat, Aug 24 2013 1:20 AM In reply to

    • hbrock
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    Re: 5D problems

    The Canon XF plugin is for their XF series video cameras.  The AVCHD and QuickTime plugins that Avid supplies should be all you need to access the 5D files via AMA.

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  • Sat, Aug 24 2013 4:25 AM In reply to

    • sketch
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    Re: 5D problems

    I recently had similar issues with 5D III. Found out that if I trashed all Perion components, the problem melted away.

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