How to import/edit MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7?

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How to import/edit MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7?

Postby Vincent121 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:56 am

How to import/edit MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7?

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Below are several disscussions about looking for the way importing MXF files to theFinal Cut Pro (6 or 7):

Q1: MXF files into FCP 6
I'm interested in the new Canon XF300 camera, but I'm still working on an Apple G5 with FCP 6.0.6. Is there an application, plug-in, etc. for the older FCP to take in MXF files? [G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)]

Q2:importing .MXF files to Final Cut
What plug-in do I need to install so i can import and edit .MXF video files in Final Cut. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn't work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.) [Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.5.8)]

Q3:Support for Canon MXF from xf100 in FCP?
How do I import .mxf files into Final Cut Pro? This is the latests and greatests software right? There must be a way. Help Please.

Here many folks are talking about how toimport MXF files into Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 for editing without rendering time. Well, don't blame to the Final Cut Pro X, the "Import from Camera…" option works just like "Log and Transfer". The thing is, even FCP 7 does not work with the Canon or Panasonic P2MXF codec. As far as i know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding MXF files to Final Cut Pro native formats(e.g. Apple ProRes encoded mov format) along with some help from the third-party software. To help those who wanna edit MXF files in Final Cut Pro, here I share with you a simple guide on how to [/font][/size]convert MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV format and then log and transfer MXF files to FCP for editing flawlessly.

Required Software:

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac(Download a freetrial here

The Mac Video Converter is a professional MXF Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert MXF to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF to ProRes 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: Transcode MXF files to Apple ProRes Codec for FCP 6 or 7 editing

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Step 1. Import MXF files to the top Mac MXF to FCP ProRes Converter

(Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your camcorder or camera 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 "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.

Step 3.Click "Convert" button to start transcoding the Canon or Panasonic P2 mxf files to Apple ProRes Codec.

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 log and transfer or import/edit MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 without problems.

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