Monday, April 12, 2010

Canon 7D: Working with .MOV files

Click here to see final solution to use .MOV files from the Canon 7D

The Canon 7D video files are in the .MOV format. The .MOV file format is a MPEG 4 video format first released in 1998 and is used in Apple's Quicktime program, which is a media player similar to Windows Media Player. Like WMV (Windows Media Video) the .MOV format is only connected with QuickTime. The MOV file extension normally represents a QuickTime multimedia file. QuickTime is a movie/video/multimedia format developed by Apple and is often used in websites, mostly for streaming audio or video.

Deciding what software you are going to use for post processing of your video files from the Canon 7D is not an easy proposition. There are several options, let's explore a few for Windows users:

1. Basic & Intermediate level: Use Adobe Premier Elements or Sony Vegas Studio HD ($39.95) and Pinnacle Studio 14 HD

These options have also hardware considerations; to have the software perform adequately an i5 or i7 processor is the ideal choice.

I have tested all of the above and I must say that I am still struggling with a recommendation after all the testing. The pro versions are expensive and complex, the basic and intermediate level ones not always reliable or user friendly. Once you have worked with "Final Cut Express 4" or "Final Cut Pro" nothing quite compares to it and must say!

If you want a basic/intermediate solution the the Sony Vegas Studio HD seems to be the best value for the money. 

Alternatively you can also purchase a QuickTime Pro license Key for $29.95 for the QuickTime Player. The Pro key unlocks additional features of the QuickTime Player application on Mac OS X or Windows. Use of the Pro key does not entail any additional downloads.

Features enabled by the Pro license include, but are not limited to: Editing clips through the Cut, Copy and Paste functions, merging separate audio and video tracks, and freely placing the video tracks on a virtual canvas with the options of cropping and rotation. Saving and exporting to any of the Video codec supported by QuickTime.

If video editing is going to be a really important matter for you, you want want to consider a mac instead and use the Final Cut Express 4 of Final Cut Pro, you will not be disappointed!