Transcode Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 MXF files to AIC for FCE Editing on Mac OS X Lion

The Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2HD Camcorder is a 1/3″ CMOS camera featuring full resolution 1920×1080 chips. The P2 card is a new solid state recording media that Panasonic developed to bridge the gap between information technology and professional video. About the same size as a PC card, the P2 card stores large amounts of video and audio data in MXF-format files.

It is a common sense to Final Cut Express users that video shootings should be ingested to FCE from Log and Transfer window. However, this doesn’t work with the Panasonic AG-HPX300 which recorded MXF files. There is solution, of course, to help you transfer MXF footage to Final Cut Express. The next few steps will show you how to do with Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 series and Canon MXF shootings (taken with Canon XF100, XF300, or XF305), before importing the Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2HD footage to Final Cut Express.

Before processing, you’re suggested to

1. Transfer the .mxf clips from Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 card to Mac computer.

2. Install Pavtube MXF to FCE Converter for Mac os x Lion (Recommended, now on sale at the company’s site through Nov. 22, 2011 if you choose this option.).

Guide: Transcode/Convert Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 MXF to Apple ProRes Intermediate Codec for FCE editing

Step 1. Launch the Mac Lion MXF to AIC Converter for FCE. Click “Add” and browse to a Panasonic P2 .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 “iMovie >> Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov).

Step 3. Click “Convert” to start converting Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 MXF to Apple Intermediate Codec videos. After conversion click “Open” to find .mov videos and import converted mxf files to Final Cut Express for editing.

Tip 1: The ingested Panasonic P2 XF files could be significantly larger than the original files, which has a much higher compression ratio than that of Apple Intermediate 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 MXF Converter for Mac, as the software will detect and find audio for corresponding video clips automatically.

Tip 3: After conversion you should import Panasonic AG-HPX300 XF footage from “File >> Import>> Files” instead of Log and Transfer window.

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