Canon to iMovie-How to import Canon C300 MXF files to iMovie

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Canon to iMovie-How to import Canon C300 MXF files to iMovie

Postby Vincent121 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:34 am

Canon to iMovie-How to import Canon C300 MXF files to iMovie

Summary: In this tutorial, you will learn the way importing/editing Canon C300 MXF files in iMovie smoothly by transcoding MXF to AIC mov on Mac OS X.


As a popular professional camcorder, Canon C300 is able to help us record vivid high-definition videos in MXF format. MXF files is widely used in Sony, Panasonic and canon high-end cameras and camcorders, it is a good format for recording videos, but MXF files are not easy to use beacuse many editing software can't handle MXF files flawlessly, such as Apple's iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.

If you have bought this camcorder for professional use and have recorded many MXF files, you may want to import C300 MXF files to iMovie for editing on Mac. However, iMovie doesn't import MXF videos directly. In order to edit C300 MXF files in iMovie flawlessly, you'll need to add an intermediate step. As far as I know, the best best method to solve these problems is to convert C300 MXF to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) which is a best editing codec for iMovie. You can follow the steps below to transcode C300 MXF to iMovie for editing. Along with some help from the 3rd-party software.

Required Software:

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac

The Mac MXF Converter is a professional MXF to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C300, XF100, XF105, XF300 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple InterMediate Codec, Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The Mac MXF to iMovie Converter can convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.

Guide - Encode Canon C300 MXF to AIC for iMovie editing

Step 1. Import MXF files to the top C300 to iMovie Converter for Mac.


(Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "add" button to browse to import MXF videos)

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)", it's the best format for editing in iMovie and Final Cut Express.


Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Canon C300 MXF files to AIC Codec for iMovie under Mac OS.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

So there you have it. Pretty simple. After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to start importing/editing C300 MXF files in iMovie under Mac without problems.

PS: The Pavtube [b]MXF converter for Mac will help you convert MXF to FCP, convert MXF to FCE, or convert MXF to QuickTime in few steps. There's a column on Pavtube official website, that's MXF to Mac column,there are many guide about MXF camcorders applications, you can go and see details.

Check out Pavtube's MXF Column, Canon Column or Panasonic Column to to learn more tricks for importing Canon and Panasonic P2 MXF files to iMovie, Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express, and Avid Media Composer for editing.

See Also:

Canon MXF to FCP 6/7 and FCP X:

Transfer Canon XF100 MXF files to FCP X

Transcode Canon XF105 media files back-up for editing with FCP X

Encode Canon XF300 MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP editing

Transform Canon XF305 MXF to ProRes 422 for using in FCP

Convert Canon C300 MXF to ProRes 422 MOV for FCP

Canon MXF to Avid and other editing software:

Convert Canon MXF files to Avid DNxHD MOV on Mac

Convert Canon 1080p HD MXF for Avid Editing on Windows

Rewrap MXF to H.264 MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro

Import Canon C300 MXF to Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, After Effects

Edit Canon MXF footage in Sony Vegas Pro 11

Ingesting Canon MXF footage to Cyberlink PowerDirector


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