Introducing EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

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Canon has released much more information on the E1 plugin they announced earlier this Feb. They're still saying it will be available in early March 2010.

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EOS Movie Plugin-E1 Key Features:
On Febrary 5th, 2010, Canon Inc. announced the launch of a new, completely free plug-in to be used with Apple’s Final Cut Pro (FCP) software. Once this plug-in is installed, it works in tandem with FCP software and can be called-up directly the editing program's menu system.
Simply stated, this new plug-in turns the editing process with video files from EOS digital SLRs to a much smoother and highly automated process. Among the benefits of the new Canon EOS Movie Plugin-E1:
Smooth, intuitive ingestion of original EOS video files, using FCP’s Log and Transfer function.

Time Code is added to each clip (based on the camera’s date/time stamp), as well as user-given ‘reel names' and extensive metadata embedded in the ProRes files, which can then be viewed from FCP throughout the editing process.

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With the new plug-in, time code information is added to each imported media clip based on the date/time stamp of the source camera.
Automatic transcoding of clips from H.264 to various Apple codecs. For example: ProRes 422, which combines superb imaging with no perceptable degredation from the original H.264 files. Selectable formats include:

Final Cut Pro 7:

  • ProRes 4444
  • ProRes 422 (HQ)
  • ProRes 422
  • ProRes 422 (LT)
  • ProRes 422 (Proxy)
  • Apple Intermediate Codec

Final Cut Pro 6

  • ProRes 422 (HQ)
  • ProRes 422

Transcoding time may be up to 3x faster than previously possible with EOS movie files using Compressor, or similar (performance tested on a 2.8GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro).

With the Log and Transfer function, users can set in and out points to transcode and import only the portion of the clip needed for the project, greatly improving speed and productivity.

Create a disk image (DMG file) of the memory card that may be mounted and used for Log and Transfer operations in place of the physical card – archiving all your footage, and freeing up your CF cards for immediate re-use.

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So, go read all of the Canon E1 info

(Photo credit: snap from the Canon site)



  1. You can already do this with Mpeg streamclip just run a batch list straight from the card to your designated folder Hard Drive and then import to FCP. If you really need something until this plugin is released i recommend mpeg streamclip.

  2. Kevie,

    Mpeg Streamclip is a great app and provides very quick transcoding, I use it and love it and it’s a great tool to use until the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for FCP is released as you say.

    The great thing about this new EOS plug in is that it adds important new functionality above and beyond simple transcoding. It gives the key advantage of being able to use the time and date meta data as a timecode (so all clips do not start at 00.00.00 timecode and actual reflect the time they were shot). Great for synching to sep sound recordings (though the Pluraleyes software is a great help here).

    Another great feature is the ability to create a disc image of your CF card, this is helpful for archiving also for quickly copy and freeing up your CF cards for re use. All in all a significant move it the right direction !

    Best wishes


  3. I imported the &D .mov file directly into FC but it skips and seems way to large for FC studio to handle. I am using the MPEG streamclip but its so slow as well.

    Is there something to speed it up?

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