What a difference a generation can make! Not only did Premiere Pro CS5 get the boost to true 64-bit performance, but it is now very happy to work with native Canon 7D and 5D Mark II HD-Video files.
1. New Sequences with defaults for DSLR video
Just create a new Project in Premiere CS5 with the factory defaults. Next, you will see the screen to create a sequence for video. Don’t worry about the set-up. Just click on the pre-set folder for Digital SLR and then pick the resolution like 1080p24. The description even says that it is for Canon EOS Full HD Video. Both the video settings and the audio settings are automatically set. Easy. (NOTE: if you did want to tinker with the setting, you have the option to select from the folder DV – 24P.)
2. Drag and Drop to create a new Canon HD-Video Sequence.
From Bridge CS5, you can drag a Canon 7D video file directly into the Resource Panel in Premiere. You can also right-click and Import a video file directly. With the Canon HD-Video file listed in your Resource Panel, you can even click on the video file and drag it directly onto the New Sequence Icon to create a new Sequence with the settings for a Canon 7D HD-Video file. Easy.
3. Working with Canon HD-Video files.
Thanks to the new 64-bit programming, Premiere CS5 handles the Canon 7D video files directly without the need to reprocess the file. No more Proxy Files! It gets even better if you have a new nVidia Graphics Card like the Quadro FX 3800 which can use Premiere’s new Mercury Playback Engine. (Currently, the Mercury Playback Engine only supports the new Quadro line, but there is a thread on the Adobe Forum which explains how to enable the Mercury Playback Engine in Premiere Pro for any nVidia graphic cards with CUDA acceleration.)
4. Exporting Sequences.
Even Exporting a Sequence is easy now. With the Sequence selected, use Export > Media to set the export options. In this new dialog box, there is a new Export Setting to Match Sequence Settings. Easy!
You can see the results in my latest video Paparazzi – Jake Gyllenhaal in Times Square. I uploaded this HD-Video file to both YouTube & Vimeo. It has never been easier to edit Canon 7D HD-Video files in Premiere CS5. And yes, you will get the same easy results with Canon 5D Mark II HD-Video files too.
Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine on DSLR Editing in Premiere Pro CS5 from Jason Levine on Vimeo.