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How to Convert/Import Panasonic P2 MXF footage for Adobe After Effects CS4 editing?

This guide is written for those guys who have trouble in editing Panasonic P2 mxf footage with Adobe After Effects CS4. Although Adobe announced that mxf is supported natively in AE CS 4, and mostly the software allows you to import MXF to AE CS 4 and edit them, the MXF videos may hop back and forth when you play them. Why should this happen? Let me explain it. Firstly you get to learn a bit about P2 MXF. P2 MXF files are OP-Atom (MXF Operational Pattern Atom), where each track of video and audio are stored in separate files. This complicates the housekeeping of the files since steps must be taken to ensure related tracks are kept together when files are moved or copied. The P2 uses a 6-character identifier in the filename of all related files.P2 MXF file format comes from like Panasonic AG-HPX170/HVX200/HPX300 etc.

By the way, in order to play MXF videos on PC smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from MXF footage with Adobe After Effects CS4 and prefer fluent playback, an MXF to Adobe After Effect Converter definitely helps. Converting temporally compressed footage to a spatially compressed format is always recommended for performance reasons.Here I recommend you a powerful and useful P2 MXF Converter. The program converts MXF footage to editable formats (*.avi, *.mpg, *.f4v, *.mov, *.mp4, *.wmv, etc) and obtain HD quality (1920*1080, 1440*1080, 1280*720). Converted file can be easily imported to AE CS 4 for editing.

Step 1. Load Panasonic DVCPRO P2 MXF files to MXF Converter.
The MXF Converter as a MXF to Adobe After Effects converter can help you convert and compress MXF videos to After Effects. You may either click “Add” button to import .mxf files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program. You are allowed to take snapshots when previewing the movie. Double-click on a file to preview when you would like to preview it.

Step 2: Click the drop-down menu of “Format” to select output format.
This MXF to Adobe After Effects Converter is able to output proper formats for video editing software and devices. To import MXF to Adobe After Effects, I follow Adobe Premiere/ Sony Veags tab and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format. Alternative formats are WMV, AVI, MOV, DV, etc. If you’d like to combine multiple MXF files to be a single file, you can tick the checkbox “Merge into one file”.
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Step 3: Click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters.
To make good control of the output file size and quality, you can adjust all the items in the following interface, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels. To bear least quality loss, you may view the video information in the Preview window (or select the MXF file and click “Property” button to check file info) and set A/ V parameters according to the source MXF file. Note this could lead to huge file size. A way to cut file size down is to set smaller value in Video bit rate box.
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Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start compressing MXF to AE CS4.
The following window will show you clearly about the conversion information, which will help you to manage your time and storage space in a proper way. After the conversion completed you can click on “Open” button in the main interface to get the generated files and load the compressed video to Adobe After Effects CS 4. If you do not want to wait for the whole conversion process through, you can choose “Shut down computer after conversion” before compressing MXF to After Effects CS4 and leave it alone.

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June 18, 2013 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Adobe After EffectsMXF Video Converter for Windows Tagged with:
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