With the introduction of the Canon 5D Mark II and its true High Definition video capabilities, the Digital SLR landscape was changed forever. You can now expect every new Digital SLR to have similar capabilities. As photographers, we find ourselves having to learn something new, not just artistically, but also technically.
One of the main concerns that I hear from still photographers who are trying to do a bit of video work, is the challenges they encounter when trying to edit the videos they have taken.
One of the first steps we need to take when working with the video files produced by our new DSLRs is to “transcode” them into a format more suitable for editing. This process is not unlike the challenges and technical transition we encountered 10 years ago – when photographers found themselves working with RAW files. Luckily for us, there are some fantastic tools to help us with this process.
In this short screencast I demonstrate one of the most popular and easier-to-use tools for transcoding your videos. That program is called MPEG Streamclip, and not only is it available for both the Mac and PC, it is also free.
Make sure to watch the video and give MPEG Streamclip a try.
P.S. If you’d like us to produce more screencasts like this one covering the process of editing videos, please be sure to let us to know.