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Best Simple way to import Canon C300 MXF into Adobe Premiere CS5 on Mac

If you using the Canon EOS C300 and want to import the .mxf files to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Mac.  You will meet the problem about importing the MXF files directly into Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 only the audio appears when dropping the clip onto the timeline.   I search on  Google, find two ways: Canon XF Utility vs A Converter.   In the post I will share two ways to imput Canon C300 recordings to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for further editing on Mac OS X.(Also support Canon XF100, XF105, XF200, XF205, XF300, XF305, C500 50Mbps MXF)

Tips: How to import Canon C300 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X – MXF XF Utility vs MXF Converter


Method A:The hard way – Using Canon XF Ultility

Canon provides a piece of software called the Canon XF utility, which is used to playback and download clips off their original media. It also has the ability to view clip metadata, mark timecode, and even apply a LUT to Canon Log footage for viewing. The XF Utility is available for download here on Canon’s site. You can use the Canon XF Utility to create a single MXF file of your spanned clips on the memory card and import the new file into the project.

Tip: Before downloading, please enter your product serial number with no hyphens “-”.

Pros:

- Free
- Supports native MXF importing

Cons:

- Doesn’t work well wtih 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920×1080, (60i/30p/24p)
- With a lot of steps
- May cause errors due to incompatible codecs
- Spends a lot of time
- Occupies a large amount of RAM
- Only available for Canon MXF files
- The audio and video appear on the time line, but the audio is shorter than the video and skips and jumps

 

Part 1. Back up Canon EOS C300 MXF footages with XF Utility:

1. Connect your Canon C300 camera to your Mac OS, you also can insert your CF card into your computer.

2. Launching the XF Utility, you will see your CF card showed up as the Canon drive and “Backup” in the upper left corner as the below picture.

3. Click Backup on the upper left corner, Canon C300 MXF footages on the CF card will be backed up with the XF Utility.

PS: Before backing up videos, please make sure you have set the location to store your footage in the Preferences menu.

Part 1. Import Canon C300 projects to Premiere Pro

To bring your Canon C300 footage into Premiere Pro (Here I take Premiere Pro 5.5 as example), you don’t need any special software. Premiere supports a huge range of formats without any plugins. To start, launch Premiere and make a new project.

Select ‘New Project,’ and then choose your settings to get going.

Select from the Canon XF MPEG2 drop down menu, and choose the format in which you shot. I shot in 1080 24p. Click ‘OK,’ and Premiere will open up. To import clips visit the “Media Browser” window, which is normally found in the lower left corner of Premiere. Otherwise you can open it by going to Window -> Media Browser. In the Media Browser locate your clips:

Choose the folder with your C300 footage into Premiere Pro and Media Browser will allow you to view your clips. Media Browser assembles any spanned clips as well. Bring the clips that you wan to import into your project by either dragging them into the project window, or choosing File -> Import from Media Browser. Premiere will look through the folder for anything it can bring in, but because it only reads the actual Canon MXF files you will get some errors. Now your clips are in Premiere and ready to edit, special thanks to Adobe for helping get this right.

Method B: The simple way – With MXF Converter

Prepararion:

MXF Converter for Mac(Price: $29, Now 15% Discount for MXF Video Converter Windows & Mac.)

Pros:

- Fastly convert MXF to Premiere Pro
- Three types of outputs for Premiere
- It is also available for Sony and Panasonic MXF footages.
- Supports to transcode MXF to any other video format for all NLE’s
- For all Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6 users
- You can get 5.1 Channels
- Freely change video/audio settings
- Can keep original quality
- Save rendering time

Cons:

Not free
You can’t edit native MXF files

Read More: Why MXF files not reading in Premiere Pro CS6

To solve the incompatible trouble you’d better change Canon C300 MXF a native format for importing to Premiere Pro CS6. To get the best quality with 5.1 sound, you can transcode MXF to MPEG-2 encoded MPG files, which maintains maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Premiere Pro. If you also want to play it with QuickTime, you can reformat C300 MXF to MOV videos. If you want to get a smaller file for quickly editing, you can encode Canon C300 MXF to WMV.

Step 1. Add Source Videos to MXF Converter for Mac.
Launch the professional MXF Converter Mac, and then click “Add video” button to browse and load your Canon C300 .mxf files.

import mxf

Step 2. Choose the high quality Output format.
Go to “Format” menu and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas —> MPEG-2(*.mpg) or AVC.MOV  as target format.
Tips: Adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., in the Profile Settings to get MXF files converted with original quality. Our recommedation of the settings is shown on the screen shot.
canon xf mxf to adobe premiere

Step 3: Click Convert button to start transcoding MXF to Premiere Pro CS6 on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the .MPG videos which can be directly imported to Premiere Pro. You’ve done. As you see, now you can import and edit Canon C300 MXF files in Premiere Pro CS5 without any video/audio problem.

Tips: If you want to import Canon C300 MXF media in Final Cut Pro, please choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output; For iMovie or FCE 4, choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)”

Summary:

If you want a simple way and import the Canon C300 files into Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 without video/audio problem, I believe the second way can easily solve the incompatible troubles. In a word, the post about how to importing Canon C300 MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro can give you a big help.

June 3, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Adobe Premiere CS 5MXF Video Converter for Mac Tagged with:
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