I am a Photographer experimenting with video, not the other way around. When I started thinking about editing video from my Canon 7D, I first thought of Adobe Premiere Pro. I have an old version which I used for a project a few years back. I would love to also get Adobe After Effects. Since Adobe moved into the Suite system, it has become ridiculously expensive to upgrade their software. I already have CS4 Design Premium and to purchase an upgrade to CS4 Production Premium, it would cost $1200! No wonder they are having such an issue with software piracy.
I started looking for alternatives. I read about all of the problems associated with using Canon 5D Mark II video on cinema5D.com. Slow processing, nightmare crashes, having to use proxy files, etc. Many 5DII users convert their video using Cineform’s Neoscene before importing it into Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro and Final Cut. That’s an additional step which costs $130 ON TOP of the cost for the video editing software!
Finally, I found Pinnacle’s new Studio HD Ultimate. This new release is version 14, and since Pinnacle is a Avid company, it’s very polished. Best yet, it is the only video software package which can directly import Canon 5D Mark II and 7D video without the need for additional conversion. That’s right, it imported my 1920x1080p, 24 fps video without any problems. It’s also around $100! For an extra $30, you can get the Studio HD Ultimate Collection which includes some great plugins as well as a real Chroma Key green screen. Pinnacle offer some great video tutorials right on their website covering most of Studio HD’s features.
I have created two videos so far and posted them on YouTube. I really love the way this one came out using multiple video clips, photos, transitions and even an audio track. I’m impressed, see for yourself.
NOTE: I have added an additional article called Tips on Editing HD Video with Studio HD.