The Edius Pro Crash Course for Beginners (Part Three): Importing

In Part One we looked at how to set up Edius Pro. In Part Two we looked at the workspace and a typical workflow. We also saw how to import (register) video into Edius Pro.

In this part we’ll look at what codecs and file types can be imported into Edius Pro.

What codecs are supported by Edius Pro?

A full list of supported file formats are available on page 145 of the reference manual. Some of the prominent ones are:

Video formats

 
Some wrappers like MOV (Quicktime) or MXF are supported, but not all codecs are supported. Prores and DNxHD are supported, as long as Quicktime is installed.

Image sequences

  • GIF
  • DPX
  • JPEG
  • IFF
  • PNG
  • PSD
  • Targa
  • TIFF
  • BMP

 
Still images with common names are automatically imported as image sequences. You can then choose to separate them if necessary.

Audio formats

  • AAC
  • AIFF
  • AC3 Dolby Digital
  • MP3
  • OGG
  • WAV
  • WMA

Dealing with codecs

There are many codecs and container options out there. Just when you think you have a handle on things, a new codec is announced. It’s a way of life, which is unlikely to be ‘corrected’ soon.

You always have to stay ahead of the game. Let’s look at a few codecs and how to deal with them.

Edius recommends that you import file-based media stored on separate drives or media via the Source browser:

Sources imported from the source browser are registered to the current folder on the bin at the same time that they are transferred to the hard disk on a PC.

It saves you the extra step.

H.264

H.264 is the ubiquitous codec, and it looks like it will stay for quite some time. Edius Pro supports H.264 via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

H.264 – ALL-I

The ‘new’ entrant to the H.264 family is just an interpretation of the codec with interframe turned off. Edius Pro supports H.264 via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

Here’s a video on how to import Canon DSLR footage:

AVCHD

AVCHD is a ‘version’ of the MPEG-4 AVC specification, or H.264, and Edius Pro supports AVCHD via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

XDCAM

XDCAM and XDCAM HD are supported, though the manual avoids mentioning them specifically.

Make sure you copy all the files in the media card folder to your source footage drive, keeping the folder name and structure intact.

Proxies can be imported at the same time (select ‘all’ in the system settings). You can add XDCAM clips to the bin and timeline at the same time through the same settings. Edius Pro supports XDCAM EX via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

XAVC

Sony’s new baby codec, is supported natively in 4K by Edius Pro, via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

CANON XF (MXF)

This applies to files from both the XF series cameras as well as the Cinema EOS line (Cxxx). Make sure you copy all the files in the media card folder.

Edius Pro supports Canon XF via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

HDV and DV

HDV is still supported natively, in both transport stream form as well as wrapped as MOV, etc. Use the import method mentioned in Part Two.

Of course, you can also Capture HDV from a camera or tape deck directly. For DV and HDV, this method is preferable.

REDCODE RAW R3D/RMD

Edius Pro supports R3D via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

You are restricted to the settings you have selected in camera, which is embedded in the RMD file.

You cannot change the color space, gamma, etc. Here’s a video that show how to import Red camera footage:

ARRIRAW

Edius Pro does not support Arriraw.

HDCAM SR (SStP)

Strange as it may seem, Edius Pro does not support the broadcast standard HDCAM SR.

MPEG-4

Edius Pro supports MPEG-4 via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

X.264

X.264 is not supported by Edius Pro.

PRORES

Edius Pro supports Prores via the import method mentioned in Part Two. Curiously, the manual does not mention Prores at all.

To know more about Quicktime codecs, check out this video:

DNxHD

Edius Pro supports DNxHD via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

CinemaDNG

Edius Pro does not support CinemaDNG.

IMAGE SEQUENCES – TIFF, JPEG, PSD, DPX, ETC.

Edius Pro supports image sequences via the import method mentioned in Part Two.

Still image RAW files like CR2 and NEF can be imported, too. Here’s a video that shows how:

Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. For codecs I’ve left out, refer to the reference manual.

How to import projects from third-party software

Edius Pro can import the following types of files:

  • AAF
  • EDL
  • FCP XML

 
You can choose to import the project into a new sequence. Mono audio split into separate channels is imported into separate audio tracks. The even tracks are L and the odd ones are R.

AAF

Embedded AAF files are not supported, and the file must be output by frame unit. Go to File > Import Project > AAF….

EDL

Only cuts, dissolves and wipes are supported. Go to File > Import Project > EDL... Click on Detailed Settings:

Edius EDL Settings

For more detailed information on EDL settings, check page 48 of the manual.

FCP XML

This is FCP 7 XML (XMEML). FCP-X is not supported. Go to File > Import Project > FCP XML….

To know which features are supported on import, read page 49 of the manual.

That’s it for importing. At its core Edius Pro is a simple and straightforward NLE that just does its job without much fanfare. In Part Four we’ll look at the export options in Edius Pro.