Hey guys, I can't help but to have noticed that every now and then people who have recently purchased a 5DMKII pop in here and are wondering how in the hell to edit those darn video files using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Thus, I have created the equivalent of a "Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 + 5D MKII Editing for Dummies" style tutorial. This tutorial covers each step from beginning to end and will ensure that you get those files edited and produced while using a smooth workflow and most importantly maintaining that HD quality in the end result. If anyone has other tips they would like to add or see flaws in my process, please feel free to contribute. With that said, here we go!
Besides copying your video files from your memory cards to your hard drive, the first thing you must do is encode the files so that they can be best handled for preview and playback while editing them in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.
Encoding the files in Adobe Media Encoder CS4
1. Copy .MOV files from 5DMKII onto hard drive
2. Open Adobe Media Encoder CS4
3. Add all .MOV files to Queue
4. Select all .MOV files in Queue
5. Change FORMAT to P2 Movie (.MXF extension)
6. Change PRESET to DVCPROHD 1080i 60
7. Under OUTPUT FILE, click the link and change the Save As preferences based on where and what you want to name them
8. Click START QUEUE
9. When the encoding is complete, close Adobe Media Encoder CS4
Adding your .MXF files to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
2. Click on NEW PROJECT
3. Name your Project and click OK
4. In the NEW SEQUENCE dialog box, expand DVCPROHD, expand 1080i
5. Select DVCPROHD 1080i 60i, name your SEQUENCE and press OK
6. Now you must import your files. Double click in the upper left area under your Sequence name to open the browse window
7. Browse to the folder where you ecoded them in Adobe Media Encoder CS4 (the top root folder is called CONTENTS)
8. Click on CONTENTS, then VIDEO and you will see your .MXF files
9. Select all .MXF files and click OK. This will import them into Premiere Pro
One thing you will notice right off the bat is the smooth preview of the files. Also, as you start to drag and preview the files in the timeline, you will also notice how smooth playback is. However, I encourage you to Render Entire Work Area each time you add or make changes to your timeline. This will ensure smooth preview and playback as the project progresses. Eventually you will have to render, but if you start early the time it takes to render will speed up.
Rendering your Work Area in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
1. On the toolbar located at the top, click on SEQUENCE
2. Click on Render Entire Work Area
NOTE: If the option is grayed out, move your marker in the timeline to the beginning and repeat steps 1-2.
Once you have completed your project, it is now time to export it into a movie file for uploading to video share sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, etc. Here are the steps to export your project:
Exporting your completed project
1. In Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, on the toolbar up top click on FILE
2. Click on EXPORT, then MEDIA
3. In the EXPORT SETTINGS dialog box, under FORMAT select H.264
4. Under PRESET, select anyone of the HDTV formats that suit your needs and resolution (i.e. HDTV 1080p 24 High Quality)
NOTE: If you plan on uploading to VIMEO keep in mind that they will shrink your resolution to 1280X720 so you may want to export to this as well.
5. In the VIDEO tab on the bottom, under FRAME RATE(fps): select 23.976 or 29.97 depending on your preference. I personally use 23.976
6. Click OK, this will open Adobe Media Encoder CS4
7. In Adobe Media Encoder CS4, select your project and click on START QUEUE
8. Once the encoding has completed, close both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4
9. You are now ready to play your video
NOTE: Since the video is using the H.264 format, you will not be able to play it using Quicktime. You must download VLC MEDIA PLAYER
Download, configure VLC Media Player to playback your video
1. Click on the link to download free VLC Media Player:
2. Install VLC Media Player
3. Launch VLC Media Player
4. On the toolbar, select TOOLS then PREFERENCES
5. At the bottom left of the dialog box, click on ALL
6. Expand INPUT/CODECS, the expand OTHER CODECS
7. In the right pane, look for SKIP THE LOOP FILTER FOR H.264 and change the option to ALL
8. Click on SAVE
9. Click on MEDIA, then OPEN FILE. Browse to your video and enjoy!
The file you have created is now ready to be uploaded to all of the major video sharing sites. I have noticed that Vimeo seems a bit choppy watching all of their videos in Internet Explorer. You may want to watch them in Mozilla Firefox if that is the case. However, I noticed that Youtube does not have this problem with any browser.
Here is my latest video project edited and produced using all of the steps above:
be sure to watch in 720p HD
I hope this helps to give people some direction on how to edit their 5D Mark II files using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Again, if anyone has any questions, see flaws or would like to contribute please feel free to do so. Thank you all in advance!