How to use Canon C300 MXF videos in Avid Media Composer

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How to use Canon C300 MXF videos in Avid Media Composer

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:29 am

Summary: Here is the quick tutorial for you that will show you the simplicity of importing Canon C300 MXF into Avid Media Composer 6.5/6/5.5 flawlessly. Follow it now.


With every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. The Canon EOS C300 is a hot camera that supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution with Canon XF codec, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. However, when you tried to import C300 MXF files to Avid Media Composer, you just find that this may be hard work. Although Canon provides you with a XF plug-in for your problems, it doesn't work all the time. Got frustrated? I will quickly walk you through this brief how-to on the simple process, which guaranteed a smooth editing with Canon C300 mxf files in Avid Media Composer.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac

It’s a really simple and quick solution: using the third-party program to convert C300 MXF to Avid MC native editing format - DNxHD. Overall, the Brorsoft MXF Converter Mac program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to MOV Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305 recorded MXF files to DNxHD codec MOV format videos on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion included), but also provides other NLE ideal formats like Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) for iMovie/Final Cut Express, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more for Mac editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

[size="3"]Guide: Transcoding Canon C300 MXF files to DNxHD .mov for Avid on Mac[/size]

Step 1: Get the MXF Converter for Mac, launch it to add your Canon C300 MXF files.


Tip: If you record in two audio tracks, please insert your CF cards into your Mac and copy files from CF cards, thus the MXF to Avid DNxHD Converter will convert all the audio tracks.

Step 2: Click on “ Format” and you will get a dropdown menu , then move you pointer to Avid Studio > Avid DNxHD(*.mov).


Step 3: Click the button for "Convert" and you will strat converting/deinterlacing Canon C300 MXF to Avid DNxHD immediately under Mac OS X.

Some more helpful features of the Mac MXF to Avid MC Converter:

1. File Merging- If you want to merge MXF files, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

2. Profile Settings- You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface in Profile Settings by clicking Settings on the main interface according to your needs to optimize the output file quality. Usually 29.97 or 30 fps video frame rate is recommended.


3. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- Click Edit button to set deinterlace, volume up, trim, crop, add watermark, etc.

Once the MXF to Avid conversion is done, you can transfer Canon C300 MXF footage into Avid Media Composer (Version 6.5/6/5.5/5…) for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out "Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "FCE, FCP, iMovie Column" to get your solutions.

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