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How to import MXF from Panasonic HPX250 P2 cards to Final Cut Pro 7/X with native ProRes codec?

Q:  I have both Panasonic HPX500 and HPX250. I watched a tutorial that said under import there should be a P2 option. I don’t have that. Someone else said to use File/Log and Transfer. Tried that but failed. What would be the best way to import HD MXF from P2 card and convert to FCP 7?

A: Usually, we always import from the drive with backed up media, not the card. You can import copied P2 contents on hard disk drive and then import saved P2 files on hard drive into Final Cut Pro7. If Final Cut Pro 7 faild to import footage from P2 card, MXF Converter for Mac is the only one import DVCPRO HD MXF from P2 cards and convert to FCP native ProRes codec.

From the above screenshoot, The P2 contents folder include 6 folders including AUDIO, CLIP, ICON, PROXY, VIDEO an VOICE. The audio and video folders contain mxf files. You can directly load or drag contens folder to import both P2 MXF video and audio from separate folder for batch converting to ProRes using MXF Converter for Mac.

What’s more, you can keep MXF original timecode for FCP editing after conversion. You can covert P2 MXF to ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes Proxy with timecode kept. If you want to maintain original audio tracks in P2 HD MXF, you can turn to the multitrack audio P2 MXF solution – MXF Converter for Mac.

Workflow: Best way to directly import MXF from Panasonic HPX250 P2 cards and convert to Final Cut Pro 7/X.

Step 1: Ingest MXF footage to the MXF Converter for Mac Program.
Click “add folder” or “Add Video” to load the entire MXF whole structure folder from P2 card. And it’s better to preview the raw MXF files in the preview window to avoid of no audio in output MOV.
If you want to merge MXF files, just need to check the “Merge” box.

import mxf

Step 2: Select ProRes 422 as export format for FCP 7/X
Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu. Move you pointer to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 video (*.mov). It is the compatible format for FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.Then you’d better click Settings to set video size to  1920*1080, frame rate to 30fps generate the best quality video for FCP 7/X.
convert mxf to mov
Step 3: Define output profile settings
Click the “Settings” button to adjust output profile settings. Here users could adjust bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.
import mxf to fcp x

Step 4: Set proper frame rate for output ProRes 422 HQ MOV.

You can set audio frame rate at 29.97 and audio bitrate as high quality to keep high audio and video quality of output MXF to ProRes 422 HQ MOV at 29.97 frame rate for FCP 7/X for post-production in FCP 7/X. Besides, you can also set profiles according to specific needs.

Step 5: Start Convert P2 card MXF to ProRes 422 MOV.
After all these settings, the last step is to click the “Convert” button to start converting MXF video to Apple ProRes 422 MOV video.Then you can easily import the output MOV video to Final Cut Pro for further editing.

June 28, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro 7Convert MXF to Final Cut Pro XMXF Video Converter for Mac Tagged with:
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