Several SLRs now offer HD movie modes, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Nikon D5000 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. We expect this will be an increasingly common feature.
Popular consumer-level video editing applications like Adobe Premiere Elements and Apple iMovie are perfect choices for importing, editing and outputting movies from the files these cameras create.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II captures video as a .MOV/MPEG-4, and the Nikon D90 records to the .AVI/MPEG-4 format.
These are standard video formats, and both Premiere Elements 7 and iMovie ‘09 support them.
To import an HD video in iMovie ’09, click on the video camera icon and choose between two resolution options: 960×540 or full-res 1920×1080. Premiere Elements 7 also makes it easy to import HD video—it automatically detects the device from which you’re importing, so all you have to do is click “Get Media.”
Once you’ve imported your video files, you can start by arranging and organizing your different clips to get the editing process started.
With iMovie ’09, you simply drag and drop clips into the Project Library where you then can start to edit them and assemble your final video.
With Premiere Elements 7, use the Organizer tab to find and sort clips. Once you have them organized, switch to the Sceneline, where you can drag and drop clips into order.