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Import Issues – Play Sony/Panasonic/Canon MXF to QuickTime Player on Mac

MXF (Material eXchange Format) is a container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. If you have some MXF videos from Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2, Canon XF, you may want to play MXF files in Quicktime Player. Although the latest QuickTime Player added many new features, it still can’t support MXF. You will encounter incompatibility issues when import MXF to QuickTime Player. In order to use MXF footage in QuickTime Player smoothly, you should transcode MXF format to QuickTime Player edit-friendly file type.

As the default media player on Mac, QuickTime must be the first choice. Look at the picture below to know more about QuickTime supported video and audio formats:

Media formats supported by QuickTime Player:
audio qt
video qt
Clearly, MXF is not included in QuickTime supported format. So, for a quick and fluid workflow, we do recommend transcoding Sony MXF to QuickTime best supported format before playing. To be frank, you are suggested to convert Sony MXF to QuickTime MOV for use in QuickTime. Third party software is required to process file conversion. Considering the easy of use and optimal output format best suited for QuickTime, MXF Video Converter for Mac is the first choice. With the upgraded version 4.8.6.2, it supports encoding to M3U8 as well.

A detailed guide on converting Sony MXF to QuickTime MOV for playing on Mac:

Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your Sony MXF files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
import mxf to converter
Step 2: Select the right formats for playing on QuickTime. Here we suggest you to go to the “Common Video” list, you will get the “MOV- QuickTime (*.mov)” as the best output.
convert mxf to mov
Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters, including the bit rate of video and audio, the codec of video and audio, video size, sample rate, frame rate, audio channels, etc., in the Profile Settings by hitting “Settings” button.

Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start Sony MXF to QuickTime MOV conversion for QuickTime playing. You can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button.

Conclusion: If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off “Showdown computer when conversion completed” and go away to do other things.

July 6, 2015 This post was written by Categories: MXF Video Converter for MacPlay MXF on Quicktime Player Tagged with:
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