Summary: Facing issues when importing Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF media files to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing? The easy workaround is to convert P2 MXF to ProRes codec with a professional P2 MXF converter Mac. Below is how.
Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 is on the top of the P2 cameras line, offering high image quality and performance for high-end video production, incorporating a 2.2 megapixel, 2/3, type CCD image sensor (3CCD) and the latest AVC-Intra Codec for broadcasting (compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) at 1080 in 24p, 25p, 30p, 50i and 60i, and in SD (480i/586i) in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. But so many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Panasonic P2 footage into FCP. The basic reason is that MXF is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro.
To make it easier for editing Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 AVC-Intra MXF videos on FCP 6/7/X, you’d better to transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for P2 camcorder users: using Brorsoft P2 MXF Converter for Mac to convert Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. Download it and get the full guide below to have a smooth editing with the AJ-HPX3100 footage in FCP.
Full Guide: Encode P2 Card MXF footage from Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 to ProRes 422
Step 1: Transfer P2 AVC-Intra .mxf files to Hard drive
Connect your AVC-Intra MXF Camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the P2 AVC-Intra .mxf files to Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2: Add MXF files to this top P2 MXF to ProRes Converter
Launch Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, and click the "Add Files" button to load .mxf videos for converting.
Step 3: Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X
Tap on “Format”> Final Cut Pro, Apple PreRes 422(HQ), Apple PreRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(LT), etc are all the proper choice for you. Note: If you are a FCP 6 or former version user, you only can choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ as the output format.
Tip: You can click “settings” button to adjust the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps(25 fps for original 50i files) video frame rate is recommended.
Step 4: Convert Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to ProRes 422 MOV for FCP
Click the "Convert" button and the Mac MXF Video converter would start transcoding Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 AVC-Intra MXF videos to Apple ProRes 422 MOV on Mac OS X immediately.
After conversion, tap "Open" icon in the main interface to locate result video. Launch FCP 6/7 or FCP X, and go to "File > Import > Files…" to import converted P2 footage to FCP project with easy editing.
P.S. You can learn more Panasonic P2 MXF files importing and editing tips on Mac and Windows from Brorsoft MXF Colum.
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