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The reason why MXF files not reading in Premiere Pro CS6?

Summary: Trouble importing .MXF files into Premiere Pro CS6 for further editing? If so, get the best MXF to MPEG-2 Converter for Premiere here!

MXF (Material eXchange Format) is a container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. Now three data-recording camera systems, Sony’s XDCAM and Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2, Canon’s XF codec produced mutually incompatible files due to opaque subformat options obscured behind the MXF file extension.However, when you import MXF files into Premiere Pro, you may come across lots of problems, such as nothing shows up on the screen, or there is only image or you only get sound in Premiere Pro. Well, according to Adobe, Premiere Pro only accepts AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPE, MPG, WMV, files. And you can easily find MXF is not there. It still many users have trouble importing MXF files into Premiere Pro CS6. And below are some frequently asked questions:

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Q1: “I can’t import any mxf file into Premiere CS6. I’m using Adobe Premiere and trying to import an MXF-File of 25 GB into Premiere. I read allready a lot of posts in different forums but didn’t find the right tool to do the job.”

Q2: “I have some wonderful underwater footage shot in Tonga of whales. Only problem is I can’t seem to read them in Premiere. FCP 7 is reading them in log and transfer just fine. Click on contents and there they are. In Premiere the same folders are there but not opening as thumbs in media browser. Any ideas? ”

Q3: “I’m running Premiere CS6 on Macs, v. 6.0.2. And I shoot some .mxf files and while importing .mxf into Premiere CS 6, I always got the error message. I tried everything and had to intall Canopus.HQ.CODEC.v6.0.7 but nothing changes. I don’t understand why? Give some suggestons?”

Up to now, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 seems to work fine if you import your MXF footages directly from cameras, but if you have already copied MXF recordings to your HDD or you download them from somewhere, the importing error may jump out. The realiable workaround we’ve found so far is to transcode MXF to MPEG-2 or WMV for using MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

First you need to download MXF Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality MXF converter, player and editor which is compatible with any Mac OS system. I’ve used this tool for a long time rewrapping Canon XF100 and Panasonic P2 (AG-HPX300) MXF recordings for Premiere and Avid MC. With it, I can effortlessly transcoding MXF files for smoothly editing in Premiere Pro CS6. If you’re editing MXF files with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Express, chances are you already installed this great utility. For Mac you can click HERE for download.┬áIf you’re using a Windows (Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista/XP) PC, click HERE download the Windows version below. The workflow for encoding MXF to Premiere Pro CS6 is almost the same.

So, what does the workflow look like?

1) Install and launch the Mac MXF file Converter, and then click “Add Video” button to import .MXF files.
As you see, you should find the MXF video from one MXF whole structure folder, here I take my P2-dvcpro25 as an example: double click the P2-dvcpro25> CONTENTS> VIDEO, and then you can find the MXF file.

2) Click “Format” bar and then move your pointer Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as target format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.
Tip: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

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3) Click Convert button to start transcoding MXF to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro CS6 on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the .MPG videos which can be directly imported to Premiere Pro CS6. You’ve done. As you see, now you can import and edit MXF files in Premiere Pro CS6 without problems.

Additional Tips
1. While importing MXF clips into the program for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder (like a P2 Card). If you only have some loose .MXF clips, you files will have image only without audio. See MXF file structure on Panasonic’s P2 card as below.

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The above screenshot clearly shows .MXF clips are all saved in ‘VIDEO’ folder, while audio files are all stored in ‘AUDIO’ folder. When you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, MXF Converter Mac is able to recognize audio tracks from ‘AUDIO’ folder automatically, which ensures the generated files have both image and sound correctly.

2. If you want to edit Pansonic P2 MXF media in Final Cut Pro, please choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output; For iMovie or FCE 4, choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)”

March 16, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Convert MXF to Adobe Premiere CS 6MXF Video Converter for MacMXF Video Converter for Windows Tagged with:
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