MXF to FCP Converter-Encode Canon MXF to Apple ProRes Codec for FCP editing on Mac OS X Lion
It is a common sense to Final Cut Pro users that video shootings should be ingested to FCP from Log and Transfer window. However, this does not work to some specific camcorders, e.g. Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 series, and Canon XF cams that save recordings in MXF file structure. There is solution, of course, to help you transfer MXF footage to Final Cut Pro. The next few steps will show you how to do with Canon MXF shootings (taken with Canon XF100, XF300, or XF305) before importing the Canon XF footage to Final Cut Pro.
Before processing, you’re suggested to
1. Transfer the .mxf clips from Canon XF camcorder to Mac computer.
2. Install Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac ($35). Click here to download a free trial version.
Guide: Transcode/Convert Canon MXF to Apple ProRes for FCP editing
Step 1. Launch the Pavtube Mac MXF to FCP Converter. Click “Add” and browse to a Canon .mxf clip and the software will add it to file list. Repeat the operation to load multiple .mxf videos.
Step 2. Click on “Format” and choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”
Step 3. Click “Convert” to start converting Canon MXF to Apple ProRes Codec videos.
After conversion click “Open” to find .mov videos and import converted .mov files to FCP for editing.
Tip 1: The ingested Canon XF files could be significantly larger than the original files, which has a much higher compression ratio than that of Apple ProRes Codec. To reduce file size, you could click “Settings” and adjust bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps)per your requirement. You can also set a different video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480) and frame rate (24p/30p) as long as you like.
Tip 2: Video and audio are separate when it comes to MXF, don’t drop the Audio folder when loading .mxf files to Pavtube HD MXF to FCP Converter for Mac, as the software will detect and find audio for corresponding video clips automatically.
Tip 3: After conversion you should import Canon XF footage from “File >Import >Files” instead of Log and Transfer window.
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