Canon E1 plugin for Final Cut Pro is coming (timed to NAB.) It will not require the memory card’s root structure to be present. This should open the door to saving and organizing clips in something like Aperture prior to working with them in FCP.
Release date via Canon Europe is April 25th.
Please read the end of the post – it appears that neither the US nor the UK versions of the plugin listed as v1.2 are the ones bringing the feature set listed in v1.2.
Update 4-16-2011: This plugin is here already via Canon’s USA site (select Mac OS X for Operating System and it’s second down on the list.)
Note too that there are new versions of EOS Utility, DPP, and the Picture Style Editor.
Update 4-22-2011: It appears the Canon v1.2 dated 4/16 may not be the real deal. It’s labeled as v1.2 under the “Mac OS X” pull-down but it looks like we’ll know for sure on Monday. 4/25 is the release date mentioned in various outlets include the Canon DLC page linked above.
Update 5-18-2011: I’ve tried both plug-ins (USA v1.2 & the Canon UK v1.2) and neither will recognize the Canon movie files if the directory structure is not present (*.THM files).
One FYI I learned in this process – if you need to delete a Canon FCP plug-in it’s not easily identifiable. It can be found here: HD>Library>Application Support>ProApps>MIO>RAD>Plugins>*.RADPlug. For the E1 Plugin it’s CanonE1.RADPlug.