Monday, October 23, 2017

Best Workflow of Canon XF400/XF405 4K Video with Davinci Resolve

The Canon XF400/XF405 are 1.0-Type CMOS sensor professional compact 4K UHD camcorder which offers UHD/50P MP4 format (150Mbps) recording along with additional XF-AVC support. When the shooting is done, for Davinci Resolve users, you may come the idea to load the Canon XF400/XF405 4K video to Davinci Resolve for some professional post editing workflow. Have more interest, just read on...

Specification of Canon XF400/XF405 4K to Davinci Resolve

Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
File Format: MP4
Recording Modes:
150Mbps: 3840x2160 (60p/30p/24p)

Can Davinci Resolve handle Canon XF400/XF405 4K video?

From Davinci Resolve supported file formats, we can see that Davinci Resolve has perfect compatibility with all major production file types, formats and post production software. It has native importing support from everything from ProRes and DNx to H.264, DPX, Cineon, EXR and more. It works with all popular camera formats such as CinemaDNG RAW, ARRI Alexa™ RAW, RED, Canon, Sony and other formats.

Best editing workflow of Canon XF400/XF405 4K H.264 with Davinci Resolve

Although the 4K H.264 MP4 files is included in Davinci Resolve supported editing format lists, however, for those people who wish to get a high quality and high performance workflow, H.264 is not a good choice for the following reasons:
1. H.264 is mathematically intense. It takes some serious computer horsepower to decode its compression.
2. Because it is so mathematically challenging, it takes longer to render H.264 files than other formats.
3. As H.264 is an 8-bit format shot by HDSLR, which means you are potentially compromising your effects and especially color correction and composing gradients.
4. H.264 does not integrate easily with other video formats.

Transcode Canon XF400/XF405

To get the best workflow of Canon XF400/XF405 4K video with Davinci Resolve, it would be much ideal for you to transcode H.265 to Davinci Resolve favorable Apple Prores editing codec, compared with H.264 codec, it has the following advantages:
-Supports all of the current frame size such as SD, HD, 2K, 4K and 5K
-Encoding with variable bitrate to be economical with video storage, without damaging the visuals.
-Best codec choice for any work relating to a project that needs a quick turnaround time
-Besides Final Cut Pro, Apple Prores codecs also have perfect compatibility with other popular NLE editing software like Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC & Lightworks.
-As a 10 bit codec, Apple Prores can process a lot of more color data and make the color correction process easier.

Here, you can get the conversion done by downloading Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, the program has perfect importing support for Canon XF400/XF405 4K H.264 MP4 video. The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can import multiple video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time.

The program can assists you to convert Canon XF400/XF405 to Davinci Resolve favorable Apple Prores in various different types. You can choose the proper Prores format to output based on the following standards:

If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output "Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)"format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with Premiere Pro CC, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)"for better performance.

The Windows version of the program - Pavtube Video Converter also facilitates you to export Apple Prores format from various different SD, HD, 2K, 4K video on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Step by Step to Convert Canon XF400/XF405 to Apple Prores for Davinci Resolve Editing

Step 1: Import Canon XF400/XF405 4K videos.

From "File" drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio"to add Canon XF400/XF405 4K H.264 MP4 video files into the program.

Load Canon XF400/XF405 4K videos

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click the "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select Davinci Resolve best favorable editing formats Apple Prores 422.

If you try to do more effects editing of Canon XF400/XF405 4K video with Davinci Resolve on powerful Mac computer, it would be much ideal for you to choose "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or ""Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)"for high quality performance.

Output Prores 422 or 422 HQ format

If you have a underpowered Mac computer, to get a smooth post editing workflow, it would be much ideal for you to choose"Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)" format.

Output Prores 422 Proxy or LT format

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from Canon XF400/XF405 4K video to Davinci Resolve supported editing format conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to load the Prores files into Davinci Resolve for post editing workflow.