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.
- Clips are renamed and striped with continuous timecode and intelligent Reel ID to create new masters.
- The footage is transcoded to the native format of the required editing platform.
- 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.