MPC’s Data Lab has created a simplified workflow for Canon DSLR footage, pre-empting a move by TV producers to use digital stills cameras to shoot longform video content.

Video capabilities on cameras such as the EOS 5D Mark II are already used for short-form projects such as promos and interstitials, but a lack of timecode and Reel ID metadata makes conforming an EDL complicated, especially on longer projects.

To get around this, MPC has put together a new set-up based around proprietary software.

  1. Clips are renamed and striped with continuous timecode and intelligent Reel ID to create new masters.
  2. The footage is transcoded to the native format of the required editing platform.
  3. Once the edit is done, EDLs are relinked to Canon H.264 Quick-Times or dpx files.

Digital imaging and workflow producer Chris Vincze said: “The advent of 25 frames per second options and third-party accessories is making the cameras more dramafriendly. Small size and light weight mean they are uniquely positioned for documentary work, providing a cinematic image in a compact form.

“The amount of footage [and data management] involved in these projects means the MPC Data Lab pipeline is very important.”

MPC Data Lab recently completed work on Indian Winter promos (pictured) for C4 that used DSLR footage.