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Software compatibility options for camcorders and Cinema EOS

Software compatibility options for camcorders and Cinema EOS

June 2014

One of the major factors in the Canon’s range of professional camcorders and Cinema EOS cameras is the compatibility they offer with major editing and processing software programmes – from companies such as Apple, Avid, Adobe and Grass Valley – in the video industry. In this article CPN guides you through the software, plug-ins and Look Up Table (LUTs) options that are currently available and compatible with Canon pro camcorders and the EOS C500/C500 PL, EOS C300/C300 PL, EOS C100 and EOS-1D C Digital Cinema Cameras.

Utility and RAW software compatibilities

The Canon professional camcorder and Cinema EOS cameras are compatible with a number of Utility and RAW software programmes including Canon XF Utility, EOS Movie Utility (for the EOS-1D C), Cinema RAW Development and Data Import Utility.

Please click on the + symbol below for a table that outlines the Utility and RAW software compatibilities for Canon’s professional camcorders and the range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras.


Canon camcorders & Cinema EOS cameras: Utility and RAW software compatibilities

SOFTWARE NAME* CANON XF UTILITY V1.4 CANON XF UTILITY V1.3.2 EOS MOVIE UTILITY FOR EOS-1D C CINEMA RAW DEVELOPMENT DATA IMPORT UTILITY2
XA10 NO NO NO NO YES
XA20/25 NO NO NO NO YES
XF100/105 YES YES NO NO NO
XF200/205 YES YES4 NO NO YES3
XF300/305 YES YES NO NO NO
EOS C100 NO NO NO NO NO
EOS C300/C300PL YES YES NO NO NO
EOS C500/C500PL YES1 YES1 NO YES NO
EOS-1D C NO NO YES NO NO
WINDOWS OS SUPPORTED Win 8.1/8/7 64Bit
Win 8.1/8/7 32Bit
Win 8.1/8/7/
Vista 64Bit
Win 8.1/8/7/
Vista 32Bit
Win XP SP3 32Bit
Win 8.1/8/7/
Vista 64Bit
Win 8.1/8/7/
Vista 32Bit
Win XP SP3 32Bit
Win 8/7 64Bit Win 8/7/
Vista 64Bit
Win 8/7/
Vista 32Bit
Win XP SP3 32Bit
MAC OS SUPPORTED Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7 Mac OSX 10.8/10.7/10.6 Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7 Mac OSX 10.8/10.7 Mac OSX 10.8/10.7/10.6
EDIT SOFTWARE SUPPORTED/
NOTES
Win XP SP3, Vista SP2 & Mac OSX 10.6 not supported Win XP SP3, Vista SP2 & Mac OSX 10.6 users continue to use XF Utility V1.3.2 See website for PC/Mac hardware specification See website for PC/Mac hardware specification  

1 On the EOS C500 applies to HD footage recorded internally.

2 For updates to Data Import Utility check the Pixela website.

3 For MP4 files.

4 Only two-channel audio supported.


HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR USING CANON SOFTWARE

Please see below for more details of the computer hardware system requirements that are needed in order to run Canon’s software programmes – XF Utility, EOS Movie Utility (EOS-1D C only) and Cinema RAW Development (EOS C500 and C500 PL only).

Please click on the + symbols below for more details of the hardware requirements (Windows and Mac) for XF Utility, EOS Movie Utility and Cinema RAW Development.


Canon XF Utility (Windows)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported Windows Versions: Windows 8.1 (32-bit version/64-bit version), Windows 8 (32-bit version/64-bit version), Windows 7/Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit version/64-bit version), Windows Vista SP2 (32-bit version / 64-bit version), Windows XP SP3 (32-bit version only).

2. Compatible PCs: one of the supported Windows versions above must be pre-installed.

  • CPU: Intel Core or greater; SSE2 compatible (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.66 GHz or faster is recommended).
  • RAM: 1GB or greater / 2GB or greater (Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit.)

3. Display

  • Screen resolution: 1,024x768 or greater.
  • Screen Colours: 16-bit colour (high colour).

Canon XF Utility (Mac)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported OS: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, OS X v10.8.

* Can also be used on OS X v10.9.

2. Compatible PCs: Macintosh with one of the above OSes pre-installed.

  • CPU: Intel CPU (Core2 Duo, 2.66 GHz or faster is recommended;
    not compatible with Power PC).
  • RAM: 1GB or greater.

3. Display

  • Screen resolution: 1,024x768 or greater.

EOS Movie Utility: EOS-1D C only (Windows)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported OS: Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit/64-bit)/ Windows 8 (32-bit/ 64-bit)/ Windows 8.1 (32-bit/ 64-bit).

2. Supported computers: computers pre-installed with the OSes above (the operation of upgraded computers is not guaranteed).

  • CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or Xeon. Operation not supported for Pentium, Celeron, Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2, or Atom.
  • GPU: For output to a 4K PC monitor, NVIDIA QUADRO 6000/K5000 required.

Depending on the graphic environment of the computer, there may be a problem in playing back movies.

Canon has confirmed the compatibility of the following graphic environments: AMD Radeon HD 6750M/6850M, Intel HD Graphics 3000/4000, NVIDIA QUADRO4000/5000/6000/K5000, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce 610M, and GeForce GT 525M.

Canon has confirmed a malfunction in playing back movies in the following graphic environment: Intel GMA 950, GMA X3100.

  • RAM: 4GB or more.

3. Display

  • Screen Resolution: 1,024x768 or higher.
  • Display font size setting: 96dpi.

EOS Movie Utility: EOS-1D C only (Mac)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9.

2. Supported computers: A Mac computer supporting the OSes above (excluding the following where the operation is not guaranteed): iMac: Late 2006; Mac mini: Mid 2007; MacBook: Late 2006, Mid 2007, Late 2007, Early 2008; MacBook Air: Early 2008.

  • RAM: 4GB or more.

3. Display

  • Screen Resolution: 1,024x768 or higher.

Cinema RAW Development 1.2: EOS C500/C500PL only (Windows)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit.

2. Supported computers: computers pre-installed with the OS above (The operation of upgraded computers is not guaranteed).

  • CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Xeon.
  • GPU: A GPU that supports CUDA (Computer Capability 2.0 or higher), manufactured by NVIDIA. The processing performance should be lower on a computer that has no supporting GPU.
  • RAM: 4GB or more.
  • SDI Board (required for checking the SDI output on a monitor): AJA KONA 3G (Driver V10.4.1).

There are restrictions to monitors that can be connected and output frame rates.

3. Display

  • Screen Resolution: 1,024x768 or higher.

4. Supported Models: EOS C500, EOS C500 PL.

Recommended System Configuration: In order to preview RAW clips at 24fps, Canon recommends the following system specifications in addition to the necessary system requirements listed above.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3.06 GHz or faster.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX680.
  • RAM: 16GB or more.
  • Storage: Read 300MB/s or above.

It is recommended that the drive to which [RAW CLIPS] are saved and the drive to which [Full-quality Files] and [Proxy Files] are saved are on different devices.


Cinema RAW Development 1.2: EOS C500/C500PL only (MAC)

To use this software, your computer has to meet the following system requirements.

1. Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8.

2. Supported computers: A Mac computer supporting the OS above (excluding the following where the operation is not guaranteed): iMac: Late 2006; Mac mini: Mid 2007; MacBook: Late 2006, Mid 2007, Late 2007, Early 2008; MacBook Air: Early 2008.

  • GPU: A GPU that supports CUDA (Computer Capability 2.0 or higher), manufactured by NVIDIA. NB: The processing performance should be lower on a computer that has no supporting GPU.
  • RAM: 4GB or more.
  • SDI Board (required for checking the SDI output on a monitor): AJA KONA 3G (Driver V10.4.7).

There are restrictions to monitors that can be connected and output frame rates.

3. Display

  • Screen Resolution: 1,024x768 or higher.

4. Supported Models: EOS C500, EOS C500 PL.

Recommended System Configuration: In order to preview RAW clips at 24fps Canon recommends the following system specifications In addition to the necessary system requirements listed above.

  • OS: OS X 10.8.3.
  • CPU: Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz Quad Core or faster.
  • GPU: NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac.
  • RAM: 16GB or more.
  • Storage: Read 300MB/s or higher.

It is recommended that the drive to which [RAW CLIPS] are saved and the drive to which [Full-quality Files] and [Proxy Files] are saved are on different devices.


Plug-in compatibilities

The Canon professional camcorder and Cinema EOS cameras are compatible with a number of software plug-ins including Canon XF plug-in 64 for Avid Media Access (for both Mac and Windows), Canon XF plug-ins for Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Pro 10 and EOS Movie plug-in for Final Cut Pro 1.5.

Please click on the + symbol below for a table that outlines the plug-in compatibility for Canon’s professional camcorders and the range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras.


Canon camcorders & Cinema EOS cameras: Plug-in compatibilities

SOFTWARE PLUG-IN* CANON XF PLUG-IN 64 FOR AVID MEDIA ACCESS FOR MAC CANON XF PLUG-IN 64 FOR AVID MEDIA ACCESS FOR WINDOWS CANON XF PLUG-IN, FINAL CUT PRO CANON XF PLUG-IN, FINAL CUT PRO 10 EOS MOVIE PLUG-IN, FINAL CUT PRO 1.5
XA10 NO NO NO NO NO
XA20/25 NO NO NO NO NO
XF100/105 YES YES YES YES NO
XF300/305 YES YES YES YES NO
EOS C100 NO NO NO NO NO
EOS C300/C300PL YES YES YES YES NO
EOS C500/C500PL YES1 YES1 YES1 YES1 NO
EOS-1D C NO NO NO NO YES
WINDOWS OS SUPPORTED N/A Win 8/7 64Bit N/A N/A N/A
MAC OS SUPPORTED Mac OSX 10.8/10.7 N/A Mac OSX 10.7/10.6 Mac OSX 10.8/10.7 Mac OSX 10.8/10.7/10.6
EDIT SOFTWARE SUPPORTED/NOTES Avid Media Composer 6.0/6.5/7.032 Avid Media Composer 6.0/6.5/7.032 Avid NewsCutter 10.0/10.5/11.0 FCP 7.0.3/7.0.0/6.0.62/3 Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 FCP 6.0.6/7.0.3 and later

1 On the EOS C500 applies to HD footage recorded internally.

2 Footage captured at 24.00P is not supported by Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro versions listed.

3 Users of MAC OS 10.5 should use XF plug-in for Final Cut Pro Ver.1.30.


Look Up Tables (LUTs) for Cinema EOS cameras

A number of Look Up Tables – mainly to convert Canon Log Gamma footage – are available for the Canon range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras, including the EOS-1D C specific LUTS Canon Log10 to Wide DR and Canon Log10 to Rec.709 (BT.709).

Please click on the + symbol below for a table that outlines the Look Up Tables (LUTs) that are available for Canon’s range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras.

Canon Cinema EOS cameras: Look Up Tables (LUTs)

LOOK UP TABLES (LUT) CONVERT CANON LOG GAMMA* EOS C100 EOS C300/
C300PL
EOS C500/
C500PL
EOS-1D C WIN OS SUPPORTED MAC OS SUPPORTED
CANON LOG 10 TO DCI (2.6)10 YES YES YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 12 TO DCI (2.6) 12 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 16 TO DCI (2.6) 16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 10 TO LINEAR 16 YES YES YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 12 TO LINEAR 16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 16 TO LINEAR 16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 10 TO WIDE DR 10 YES YES YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 12 TO WIDE DR 12 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 16 TO WIDE DR 16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 10 TO REC.709 (BT.709)10 YES YES YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 12 TO REC.709 (BT.709)12 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 16 TO REC.709 (BT.709)16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 10 TO CINEON 10 YES YES YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 12 TO CINEON 12 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 16 TO CINEON 16 NO NO YES NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
EXTENDED COLOUR GAMUT INFORMATION NO NO YES1 NO Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG 10 TO WIDE DR N/A N/A N/A YES Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CANON LOG10 TO REC.709 (BT.709) N/A N/A N/A YES Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 64Bit Win 8.1/8/7/Vista 32Bit Win XP SP3 32Bit Mac OSX 10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5

1 Converts footage shot in either 'Cinema Gamut' or 'DCI-P3+' colour space for viewing or grading.

Get product support and software at the Canon Europe website

* Don't forget to keep checking the Canon Europe website for full details of updated support information and the latest software downloads. For more details of support and software for either Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras or Canon professional camcorders please click on the thumbnail images below. Please remember to always read all of the instructions and information before downloading any software.