Using the Canon EOS Plugin-E1 in Final Cut Pro When Your Media is on Local or Media Drives

I hadn’t used the EOS-E1 plugin for Canon H.264 movie files from the 1D Mark IV, 7D and 5D Mark II until today.  When I tried to log and transfer the files from a folder on my desktop, I was getting an error message that stated that my file:

“contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.”

This is where getting ahead of myself burned me.  The folder structure from your CF card has to be the default Canon structure – including the blank “MISC” folder.  So, if you are accustomed to transferring your footage to a drive on your computer or an external media drive, then this can be problematic.

Check out the below video from Studio Daily for a step-by-step walkthrough of how to use log and transfer with the E1 plugin from a local or media drive instead of a CF card.

In the end, I wound up just making a blank MISC folder in the directory on my hard drive so I could make the transfer. After that, it worked smoothly.

Thanks to Studio Daily for helping me find and fix my mistakes.  Their detailed post to go with this video is here.

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