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Tutorial - Canon EOS Plug-In for FCP

Supposedly the plug in only works with the 5DMK2, the 7D and the 1DMK4 however, if you want to add support for the 550D, or T2i? try this tip.

Check out my MPEG Streamclip Tutorial here.

You can download the Plug In, from here.

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Reader Comments (19)

Thanks Chris! Great tutorial.
Quick question - why do you prefer DVC Pro HD over Pro Res? Is it a more compact format?

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYoni

the reason i prefer DVCPro is that is renders faster and makes smaller files then ProRes... although... I've never tried LT... But, there is another aspect to it... may of the project I work on are already DVCPro HD... its easier to keep everything the same.

thx for asking

March 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris Fenwick

Awesome Job Chris. You answered every question that I had about it.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Tomchak

Another outstanding tutorial, Chris. I haven't had time to poke around in this yet, and now I don't have to. : )

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Fox


Have you tried ingesting ProRes Proxy clips for an "offline" edit? The file sizes will be reduced. I believe transcode time will be reduced as well.

So ... ingest using ProRes Proxy ...

When you finish your edit, open Log and Transfer and set the ProRes version to (HQ).

Now Media Manage -->> Media:Create Offline. Set this to ProRes (HQ). Batch Capture your clips. This will run Log and Transfer. Select "Re-import all offline items in Selection."

The reconnected clips will be HQ copies.


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul


Your process is very valid. I only wish I had that much time as we are in the finishing process of our jobs. But like I said. Good workflow.

March 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris Fenwick

Excellent. Fast and thorough. Yawn factor was way down. Thanks bunches.

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Godin

Outstanding. Answered a lot of questions I had. Thanks.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Yearling

Hi Chris,

I want to ask about transcoding footage from h.264 (from my 5d mk2) to fcp. Which way do you think will have max image quality between MPEG StreamClip, Plug In, or via Compressor? It's important I don't lose quality cause I was to submit my film to festivals. I am also using a Canon HG21 (which has AVCHD format) as my B camera. Which setup do you advice I chose for my FCP or how to import tp my fcp?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Is the plugin for the newer version of FCP (Version 7) or will it work in FCP 6?


May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I am having trouble getting this plug in to work. I am running Final Cut 6.0.6 and when I open Log and Transfer, it doesn't read the card at all. There is no option for EOS in preferences. Also, after I install the plug in, I can't seem to find it. Though it seems to work, I'm not sure the plug in is installing.


June 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfilmandy


Did you try to select it in the path button, on the top left side of the Log and Transfer window?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmanuel Batalha

This tutorial is truly helpful for me. The step by step instruction is very effective. Thank you for uploading this tutorial.

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November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Kerr

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November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Miles

Hi there,

It looks like I've fallen at the first hurdle. I've made a copy of footage (from a 7D) on my external drive and have tried to log and transfer, following your tutorial, but up pops the message:

'...contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.'

Do you think my plugin is not installed properly? Is there a way of checking this?



December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiam.

This tutorial is very useful. Canon is really one of the best electronics company in the market today. I love their digital cameras.

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February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasson Wallace

This site is really interesting. You bring up some great points about your article… .. Thanks for the great information about website .. It is my first time here in this site so good job…

One question: When I click on the link to download the Plugin, it takes me to the Canon 1D page. Which Software/Driver is it that I should download? I have got a Mac OS X v10.6, but I do not know which to download.


April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoaquin

Canon is a good brand, I have owned a few in the past and I will own more I'm sure. I have never had any problems with them. I would recommend them to anyone.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebounding Master

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