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Canon XF305, XF205 and XF105 (with SDI), Canon XF300, XF200 and XF100 (without SDI).


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Old July 3rd, 2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Canon XF305 and Premiere CS4

Good morning, all!

We picked up our XF305 yesterday and I finally got a chance to play around with it this morning. Shot a couple of test clips and they looked fantastic when I viewed them with Canon's XF Utility. Everything about this camera feels and looks promising...yadda yadda yadda.

So, the somewhat bad news: as far as I can tell, after installing the Canon XF utility and whatnot, there is zero integration with Adobe's CS4 suite. When attempting to import an MXF into Premiere or After Effects, I have been getting error after error.

It is entirely possible that I am the first schmuck out there to try this, so I will let you know what I find out and if this is going to be possible at all. I tried hunting around on the net for a solution, but I can't find a single thing about the issues...other than the fact that the XF codec is native in CS5...typical Adobe ;D

Anyway, tons of test clips to come...might be shooting some green screen tomorrow.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 02:45 PM   #2
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excellent! congrats on getting it ,i have adobe cs5 ,if you post some samples i can tell you if they work or not
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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I have CS5 and downloaded some test clips. Works fine, BUT CS5 does not import the timecode. It is stated in the readme.

You use the HDCAM HD422 Presets.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #4
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We shot 80 minutes of interviews and b-roll for a television docudrama over the course of yesterday and today. Since our CS5 rig won't be in until later this week, I won't be able to render any tests for you guys.

I can tell you, however, that after viewing the clips on a 1080P television via the HDMI output on the jack pack, I have been completely blown away. We're shooting the pilot @ 1920X1080 30P 50 Mbps for an eventual bump down to 720P (hopefully) for broadcast. Initial reaction: the footage is INSANE for an $8K camera...and Canon seems to have hit a home run.

No green screen test as we decided to shoot our interview this morning with a black BG...but we always do a lot of chroma work, so I'll get back to that.
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