The Portland Camera Club had a little group shoot this past Sunday down on the Portland waterfront. Towards the end of Commercial street you can find the remnants of the old piers pillings. In the right morning light they make for a very intersting subject matter.
I descided to use the opportunity to try out my new Canon 7D camera and see how it handles hi def video. I captured all of the footage in 1080 format at 24P. The compression format of the Canon can present an issue with most PC based NLEs. To address this I used a product from Cineform called NeoScene. NeoScene handles removing the Pull Down from the raw Canon 7D video. It then converts the video into an easily editable AVI file format.
The resulting AVI file format has a very low compression ratio so the files are very large but your editor will sail right through them allowing you very smooth realtime edting and playback and that can really make a difference when editing. This made using Sony Vegas a real joy with this footage. NeoScene allows for batch processing so you can load a list of files to be converted and go have a coffee. That said it is actually pretty fast so it may be only one cup of coffee before you're ready to go.