My Canon 7D shoots video in .mov format, using the H.264 codec.
This is not the best format for editing and as part of my video workflow process, I convert the footage to the Apple ProRes 422 codec before starting with my editing process.
Fortunately this conversion can be automated to convert a batch of videos at once, using a FREE tool from Squared 5 called MPEG Streamclip.
Although the software is fairly old, it still runs well on my Mac using OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) without any issues.
The 1st step you have to follow is to ensure you have the Apple ProRes 422 codec on your machine (covered in one of my previous posts) and then install MPEG Streamclip.
Once you have MPEG Streamclip installed, open it up and select the “List – Batch List” option (Cmd-B).
This will open up the Batch List Box – now just drag & drop your original footage in here
in the window that pops up, select “Export to QuickTime”
Select your destination folder for the output and then configure the information for export.
For my footage I select:
- Apple ProRes 422 LT
- Quality: 100%
- Frame Size: 1920 x 1080 (unscaled)
- leave the rest on default settings
Click on “To Batch” and this will add all to the queue to be processed.
Now click on the “Go” button to process this queue.
Conversion should be fairly quick & “Hey Presto!” you now have your footage in Apple ProRes 422 format which is easier to work with in an NLE editor (like Adobe Premiere, Hitfilm 3, Da Vinci Resolve, etc.)
Be aware that this does create a COPY of all your footage and that it may be a bit larger than the original H.264 .mov files – so make sure you have enough space 🙂
Have fun !