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How to Transcode/Import Sony F55 XAVC MXF Video to Final Cut Pro 6/7/x on Mac ?

While the Sony F55 offers the option of glorious 16-bit 4K and 2K RAW recording using the outboard AXS-R5 recorder, not every production is prepared to take advantage. That’s why the camera offers four internal recording formats, including the first 4K recording facility built into the camera itself. Internal modes range from 50 Mbps to 240 Mbps (at 24p),  MPEG-2 HD. The de facto standard for television production. 50 Mbps at 24p. XAVC HD. The next generation of H.264/AVC Intra-frame coding. 90 Mbps at 24p.  XAVC 4K (and QFHD). Now you can record 4K on to Sony’s SxS® PRO+ media. 240 Mbps at 24p. QFHD available with free v3.0 upgrade, expected December 2013.

So if you want to MXF in Final Cut Pro 7/X, you are recommended to use MXF Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac MXF to FCP X converter for Snow Leopard. It does not only convert MXF to MOV on Mac, but also deinterlace MXF files for import into Final Cut Pro 7/x. ( How to import/Edit Sony F55 XAVC MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6? )

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Sony F55 MXF to Final Cut Pro 7/X on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Load Sony F55 MXF videos to MXF Converter for Mac.
After transferring .mxf files from Sony F55 camera, run MXF Converter for Mac as the best Mac  MXF to MOV converter , and click the “Add” button to load .mxf videos.
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Step 2. Choose Apple ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro.

Click the “Format” option, choose the Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) and navigate to the Final Cut Pro group, you will notice that there are profiles with Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy), Apple ProRes 4444. Here we choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as output format. (The Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec is intended for offline editing and contains 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422, and I recommend you to select Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT) MOV for outputting.)
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Tips: Click the “Editor” button, go to the Effect tab, and make sure the checkbox for Deinterlacing is ticked. The Mac MXF converter will deinterlace 1080i MXF to remove interlacing artifacts. Click the “Settings” button and choose the right option like 1920*1080 from the video size drop-down box.You can adjust all the items in the following interface, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels (include 5.1 channels).
Step 3. Merge Sony F55 MXF files. (optional)
Tick the checkbox for “Merge”, and the MXF converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Convert Sony F55 MXF to MOV for Final Cut Pro 7/X.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Sony MXF converter starts converting MXF videos to ProRes .mov, and joining the MXF files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X.
After converting and deinterlacing the MXF files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro 7/X and the video is in HD 1920×1080.
Tips:
1. Click the “Format” option, and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) for converting MXF videos from MXF to MOV with H.264/AVC as video codec for loading to Final Cut Studio.
2. Apple ProRes 422 , Apple ProRes 4444,introduced in Final Cut Studio, was advertised to one of the codecs to result in less compression and higher data rate/higher quality files for HD editing in Final Cut Pro.

July 22, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 5Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 6Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 7Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro XMXF Video Converter for Mac Tagged with:
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