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How to transcode Canon MXF Files for Final Cut Pro 7/X by Canon XF plug-in?

Can’t import Canon XF camcorders MXF files into FCP 7 or FCP X? How to edit and play MXF footage from Canon XF305/XF300/XF105/XF100/C300/C500 in Final Cut Pro (X) on Mac Mavericks/Yosemite? For customers who use Canon XF series camcorders, it must be very tough task to find a perfect solution to import footage to Final Cut Pro for editing.

As we all know, MXF, which is the abbreviation of Material eXchange Format. It is an open file format, targeted at the interchange of audio-visual material with associated data and metadata. Final Cut Pro is the mainstream editing software on Mac OS. However, this professional video editing program does not support Canon MXF format. Many MXF Camcorder users have the experiences with Canon XF Plug-in or MXF converter, anyway, you need to find a solution out of the trouble. In the post I will share free or paid handy tools to imput Canon XF MXF recordings to FCP X for further editing on Mac OS X.

Tips:MXF XF Utility vs MXF Converter

1. Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro – Free
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 due to complex steps
- Occupies a large amount of RAM
- Only available for Canon MXF files
- Can’t import mxf-files into FCP 10.0.8 after Mavericks

Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro is plug-in software for importing video clips captured by compatible camcorders (XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100) into Final Cut Pro. This is free plug-in software for Final Cut Pro. It allows you to use the Log and Transfer function to edit movies captured with the XF camcorders.

Users of Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 and later can use it to play back movie clips in all movie formats supported by the compatible models, and to download native or Apple ProRes 422 files. For Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 to Final Cut Pro 7.0.2 users, it is possible to play back all movie clips and download these files in native or Apple ProRes 422 format (excluding files recorded in 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280×720/30P, 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280×720/25P, and 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280×720/24P modes).

Read this article to download and use Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro

2. MXF Converter – $29 (Now 15% discount)
free download free download
Pros:
- Fast convert Canon MXF to ProRes
- Five types of ProRes for FCP
- It is also available for Sony and Panasonic MXF footages.
- Supports to transcode MXF to any other video format for all NLE’s and media players
- Supports all FCP 5/6/7/X users
- Output 5.1 Channels
- Freely change video/audio settings: such as video frame rate for flawlessly editing in FCP
- Can keep original quality
- Save rendering time

Cons:
Not free
You can’t edit native MXF files in FCP
Tips: Two way to encode/import Canon XF200/XF205 MXF Video to Final Cut Pro with ProRes MOV

Comparing with Canon XF Plugin, MXF Converter for Mac supports more MXF file types, such as Panasonic P2 camcorders, Sony XDCAM camcorders, Canon XF series camcorders, JVC camcorders to formats compatible with your video editing software like Final Cut Pro (X), iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Aperture 3, iPhoto and more.

This profession MXF to FCP Converter is powerful in Canon MXF to Apple Prores converting with high qualtiy outputing and ultra fast converting speed. What’s more, merging several videos into one file will bring you a different experience. The most important thing is the top Multi-track MXF Converter for Mac can help you to convert MXF with preserving all or any audio tracks for output Prores .MOV and mix the multiple audio tracks into one if you need.

Maybe you’re still a little confused about how to transcode Canon MXF to FCP 6/7/X with MXF Converter for Mac, the following guide will show you details.

Preparation:

First of all, there is no doubt that you should download and install this MXF to Prores Converter.
Connect your Canon MXF Camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the .mxf files to Apple hard drive disk.

Convert Canon MXF to Apple Prores 422 for FCP on Mac
1. Launch it and load original mxf files. You are allows to input several videos and convert them at the same time. Besides, “Merge” also allows merge several videos into one file.
import mxf to avid
2. Click “Format” menu to find suitable format for FCP 6/7/X, Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) is recommended and it is the best suitable format for FCP. Futhermore, if your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, MXF Converter for Mac offers multi-track preserving and mixing features if you select multi-track format.
suitable format for FCP
3. Click “Settings” option you can change parameters to optimize output videos, such as bitrate, size, frame rate, etc.
FCP Prores settings
In addition, you can also do simple edit to personalize output videos, such as trim, crop, effect, etc.
Tip: If your default audio track is in mute when recording, you may get only video without audio. So you can switch to the audio stream ID option to choose the right audio track.

4. Start converting Canon MXF to ProRes 422 MOV by clicking “Convert” button and then click “Open” button to find the output file for importing to FCP 6/7X.

Now, open up Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…to select and load the generated ProRes 422 MOV files to FCP 6/7/X for editing use.

Hope this article helps you to solve Canon MXF and FCP 6/7/X importing issues. Now you can make your FCP editing workflow with MXF footage effortlessly. If you like, please share to those who have the same problem. Thank you for reading.
Summary

The first Method is a free work for all Canon users and it can make FCP edit the native MXF videos. If you think it is a tiring work or your computer doesn’t support pulgins well, I believe the second way can easily solve all MXF incompatible troubles on Mac Mavericks/Yosemite. Hope you enjoy the smooth Canon MXF editing workflow in Final Cut Pro 7/X with saving rending time. After editing, you can also upload your masterpiece to TV channel for sharing.

November 19, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut ProConvert MXF to Final Cut Pro 7Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro XMXF Video Converter for Mac Tagged with:
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