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Old March 19th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #1
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Canon MXF, PP5, NeoHd & Neo4K questions

Being unable to directly import Canon MXF files into Premier Pro 5, I'm currently converting all footage using NeoHD.

Just have a couple of questions.

1. What are the differences between the two codecs .... Canon MXF and the Cineform AVI? Am I losing something by converting to Cineform or am I gaining something?

2. Would there be any advantage of upgrading to Neo4K?

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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: Canon MXF, PP5, NeoHd & Neo4K questions

Canon MXFs are either 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 8-bit long GOP MPEG-2. There are generally nice sources to work with. CineForm compression is at a minimum 4:2:2 10-bit, so that will preserve your full dynamic range and color information. CineForm uses I-frame wavelets, the difference is technology is great. Canon designed their codec for acquisition (modifying a codec design for distribution), CineForm designed its codec for post production.

Neo4K for Canon MXF is not really needed. Neo4K is primarily for larger than HD or 4:4:4 source data and alpha channels.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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Re: Canon MXF, PP5, NeoHd & Neo4K questions

Thanks David.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 08:54 PM   #4
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Re: Canon MXF, PP5, NeoHd & Neo4K questions

I'm confused about this as Premiere Pro 5 works directly with MXF files just fine. Use the Canon XF MPEG2 presets when you set up the sequence. This is one of the benefits of PP5.

That said, I tend to use Cineform with MXF files in PP5 so I can use FirstLight - plus what David said.
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