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Video editing software

Tom Harvey , Jul 31, 2010; 10:28 p.m.

Has anyone on this forum found a really good video editing software package that can handle Canon's MVI format as an input, and output to more conventional formats such as MOV, WMV, MPEG4, etc? I have a Canon 5D Mark II, good glass, a fast dual core laptop (HP DV7T, 2.86 Ghz). The video quality when output from the camera to a 47 inch Vizio HDTV is excellent; I'm looking for software that will let me edit and burn DVDs. Help!

Thanks in advance....TH


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Mark Keefer , Jul 31, 2010; 10:56 p.m.

Tom, you can email me a small 1 minute clip in native MVI format, I can try loading it in Adobe Premier elements 8, 4,3, Corel Video Studio Pro X3. Be happy to test it for you. Might be worth checking before you blow a hundred bucks. Though you may be able to download a demo version from Adobe.
I have been playing with EOS Camera Movie Record that allows you record with Canon cameras that have live view like the 40D and records directly to computer hard drive in AVI format..Not the same as 5D at all. I've been dreaming of a 7D also. :)

Tom Harvey , Jul 31, 2010; 11:02 p.m.

Thanks Mark...I have Adobe Premiere 8 and it has issues with Windows 7 64-bit. Likewise with Corel...MVI is an incompatible format. Perhaps H264 as the input format?


Ilya E , Jul 31, 2010; 11:22 p.m.

Tom, what is this MVI format you are referring to? I have 5DII and movies come out as MOV.

Tom Harvey , Aug 01, 2010; 12:02 a.m.

Ilya, when I unload the CF card from the camera they are in MVI format (Canon's proprietary container format).

Alan Peed , Aug 01, 2010; 01:00 a.m.

If it were a more common format you could use Sony Vegas Move Studio video edit software. I have used version 8 pf this program to edit many std-def video files and produce std-def Dvd video disks. I have found Sony Vegas Movie Studio to be stable and reliable with many valuable functions including the features you asked for.

But sounds like your camera is capturing raw video to a proprietary format.

One work-around is to use a Dazzle video digitizer as in interface between your Canon camera and the computer. Put the Canon camera into video playback mode, then connect it to the input ports on the Dazzle video digitizer. The Dazzle connects to your computer's USB port. It comes with Pinnacle Studio video software that allows you to set up a 'capture file'. For example, you can set up a video capture so that you capture all the video from the camera and save it to something like an uncompressed AVI video file. Your start the capture process running in the software, then you start the playback on the camera. The Dazzle handles the conversion of the video signal into a digital video stream. The stream gets captured and saved to the capture file.

Then you can use just about any quality video edit program, like those already named, or perhaps Sony Vegas Movie Studio, import the captured AVI file (uncompressed video). Then you can edit that to your heart's content, process it, and render it to DVD compliant video files.

I would also check the software CD that came with your camera. See if it has any utilities that they provided to handle this rather proprietary format.

Ilya E , Aug 01, 2010; 01:07 a.m.

That is really strange. When I download movies from CF card they are with MOV extension. I then use NeoScene to convert it to AVI, edit in Sony Vegas 9 and then use DVD Architect to create the DVD. I frequent couple of 5DII video forums and never heard about 5D II movies with MVI extensions. I suggest you visit them to get more information:

Salvador Ayala , Aug 01, 2010; 08:59 a.m.

I think I read somewhere that Premiere CS5 can handle those files, you might want to upload a trial version and check. And it is compatible with Windows 7 64 bit bit so that won't be an issue, in fact it only works on 64 bit operating systems.

Steve Wagner , Aug 01, 2010; 01:37 p.m.

Sony Vegas handles 5d2 files with ease straight out of the camera, no conversion of any kind necessary. Does for me anyway. It's a fantastic program to boot, with excellent IQ.

John Olszewski , Aug 04, 2010; 10:42 a.m.

Hi everyone...

I started a thread over on Cinema5D.com that addresses this topic. You might be interested to read some of the responses that I got there.


John (http://www.johnolszewski.com)

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