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Apr 14, 2011 20:38 |  #1

David Newman of cineform just announced that cineform codec will be free for canon users.

http://www.freshdv.com​/2011/04/nab11-cineform.htmlexternal link


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Apr 14, 2011 20:58 |  #2

I didn't know gopro was big enough to buy cineform, let alone that they did it. Wow. Kudos to them, the gopro is incredible for the money.

I guess I'm a little behind on what cineform does. From what I gather, they wrote a codec for editing, in competition with apple prores? And support for that codec sounds like it's only on some very high-end editors for the moment?

Their 3d tool for the GoPro 3d system is getting re-released to be compatible with all cameras, from what I gather. It's already free, though: http://gopro.com ...studio-software-download/external link -- and for free, for any H.264 .mp4 footage, you can:

• Transcoding to GoPro CineForm codec
• Frame-rate adjust for slow motion
• Exposure
• Contrast
• Saturation
• Color Temperature
• Image flip rotation
• Frame Resize (Up-res/Down-res)
• Cropping and zoom

So if you take your 5d/7d/whatever footage and convert to .mp4 you can then convert to cineform using this free tool already.

Interesting, off to read more.


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Apr 14, 2011 23:32 |  #3

Cineform is a stand-alone codec developing company and known for writing intermediate CoDec for all editing systems. They're known for robust algorithm but uses minimal hardware to edit.

It's useful when their software can convert from any camera(compressed, uncompressed, raw, or other intermediate) to one type of CoDec, which is Cineform. When you got different foootage from different camera with different codec, you want to conform to one CoDec for the editor.

They also sell their license to third party that develop off camera recorder and write Cineform codec. If you follow freshdv.com, youll see a bunch of ppl making HDMI and HD-SDI recorder and have Avid, Apple, and Cineform codec.

When an editor want to edit a certain codec they generally want off-camera recorder and record whatever codec they want. Giant corporation like Sony, Panny, JVC would rather provide HD-SDI or HDMI with clean output rather than use Prores, cineform, or avid and have to pay royalty to those companies, thats what I believe. However smaller companies do have them, RED, Arri, ect....

Prores is popular is bc the FCP and small companies purchase licenses for these to put on their cameras.


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Apr 14, 2011 23:39 |  #4

As far as GoPro owning Cineform.... well, they can. Generally, thats how corporations grow these days, which is pretty bogus, IMO, but thats another topic. They figured Cineform already have the 3D codec to convert to....

benefit for cineform is more money so they can hire more nerds/or firm to develop better codec.
benefit for GoPro is to have a 3d codec they can convert to from H.264.
WIN-WIN situation.


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Apr 15, 2011 00:55 |  #5

I use there free software to convert mov to avi for Sony Vegas...works like a charm


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Apr 15, 2011 01:17 |  #6

More stuff I found for the 3D camera and the incorporation of Cineform.
http://gopro.com ...NSg3d7vnagCFcRtfAod​Xk07fwexternal link


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Apr 15, 2011 01:55 |  #7

Chippy569 wrote in post #12224459external link
Their 3d tool for the GoPro 3d system is getting re-released to be compatible with all cameras, from what I gather. It's already free, though: http://gopro.com ...studio-software-download/external link -- and for free, for any H.264 .mp4 footage, you can:

So if you take your 5d/7d/whatever footage and convert to .mp4 you can then convert to cineform using this free tool already.

I just tested it out. The GoPro cineform software won't work on my DSLR footage even when converted to .mp4. It still recognized that it was not of GoPro origin. :(


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Apr 15, 2011 07:43 |  #8

There wasn't any detail about the codec conversion for Canon DSLR from that interview but David Newman said it will be supported. Watch the video on FreshDV.com/nab

Now i'm wondering how robust is this codec since they give it out for free.


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