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Importing/Editing Canon C500 MXF video with FCP X/7/6

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:28 am

Summary: You may come across lots of problems when you import Canon C500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let's find it out here!

Canon C500 is an impressive 4K Cinema Camera, which has the ability of capturing 2K footage (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) at 12-bit, full 4K RAW output of up to 4096 x 2160 pixels. As the Canon C500 owners, you can enjoy vivid video recordings. The point here, many users are facing issues and find it’s a painful experience to import Canon C500 footage into Final Cut Pro (which includes the FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6).

Q: Workflow with Canon EOS C500 to FCP 7

“I'm working on the post of a project filmed with the Canon EOS C500 in 1080p, I was told in the beginning that that camera delivers de 1080p clips in Apple Pro Ress, but now I'm told from various sources that it delivers them in a strange format, probably mxf, also told that a lot of people have had trouble transcoding those into apple pro res to edit them. I was wondering if anyone here could give me some advices or heads up about the most optimal workflow to edit those files in Final Cut Pro 7.”

As you see, the C500 user is seeking for a solution to importing Canon C500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro for editing without problems. Have you also met the trouble and got frustrated? Well, don’t blame the Final Cut Pro, 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 P2 MXF 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 format (Apple ProRes encoded .mov is highly recommended). Along with some help from the MXF Converter for Mac, it can be done. To help those who wanna edit C500 MXF files in FCP 6/7 and FCP X, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Canon C500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV format for Final Cut Pro editing flawlessly.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to MOV Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C500, Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305 recorded MXF files 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 MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Guide: Transcoding Canon C500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP 6/7/X

Step 1 -> Download, install and launch Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, and import MXF files into the program

Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C500 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "add files" button to browse to import MXF videos.

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Step 2 -> Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.

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Step 3 -> You can click "Settings" button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need. You can set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p), etc

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Step 4. -> Click “Convert” button to start transcoding C500 mxf files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 /X under Mac OS with the ideal MXF to ProRes Converter Mac.

Once the MXF to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer Canon C500 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7/X 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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Re: Importing/Editing Canon C500 MXF video with FCP X/7/6

Postby jacknjchn » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:45 am

[size="4"]Summary: Is there anyway we can injest MXF Files shot on canon C500 into Final Cut Pro X? Brorsoft has an excellent step by step guide to importing C500 footage in Adobe Premiere CS6, Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 and Avid Media Composer 6. Today, here I would like to share the Canon C500 and Final Cut Pro editing workflowwith everyone here!

Firstly! Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Canon C500[/size]

1. The C500 uses an identical sensor to that which is found in the C300

2. Low light noise handling and performance is the same as that of the C300

3. In order to shoot 4K RAW 120fps Canon have implemented what they call 4K Half where the only half the vertical resolution is recorded and the rest is interpolated.

4. There is no RAW recording in 2K mode on the C500.

5. One single 3G HD-SDI port is needed for RAW recording up to 60fps, if you want to go to 120 you'll need to connect the second 3G HD-SDI

6. Although the C500 does not ship with a side grip as the C300 does, there is a remote socket to plug a cabled version in so it should be possible to purchase one at a later date to use as a cabled remote.

7. The C500 sensor has a native iso of 640 and provides 12 stops of dynamic range as the C300 does.

8. When recording external RAW footage to a recorder (Canon has worked with 6 major recorder companies in the development phase) you can also record a proxy MPEG2 file to the on board CF cards for dailies and proxy editing.

9. The EOS-1D C really doesn't have a 25p mode in 4k. That was not a typo in the original press release and a Canon employee that I spoke to said there were currently no plans to add this feature.

10. The EOS-1D C's motion JPEG codec is recording at 500Mbps to the CF card when shooting 4K. At full HD it is approximately 90Mbps.

[size="4"]C500 2K Shooting mode specifications. In 2K mode and 12-bit 4:4:4 signal is available up to 60fps. If you wish to go up to 120fps this drops to a 10-bit 4:2:2 signal There is NO RAW recording in 2K mode.

C500 4K Shooting mode specifications. In 4K mode a RAW 10-bit signal is available up to 60fps. If you wish to go up to 120fps an important piece of information was revealed in that the camera will only record a vertical resolution of 1080 pixels, what they are calling 4K Half , and the remaining information is interpolated from those pixels. Much like what Sony is doing on the new FS700 for their larger frame rates.

Well, Currently the editing program I use is Final Cut Pro 7, and my brother is using the Fianl Cut Pro 6 for editing, we are planning to buy Canon C500 this year, but FCP only can surpport Apple ProRes well .So how to make Canon MXF video clips editable on FCP?[/size]
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Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for camcorder users. It is professionalized in converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series camcorders…to formats compatible with your video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Avid, Adobe and more.

[size="5"]Here! Follow our tips to make video editing with C500 MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X/7 go as smoothly as possible.[/size]

1. Import source MXF files from the C500 to the program.
For loading source files to MXF Converter for Mac, you can click the “File” menu, and select “Add Video” to import source video.

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2. Choose supported video format
Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.

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3. Set Advanced audio/video Settings
Click “Settings” icon to adjust video and audio parameters including video codec, video size, video bitrate, video frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc.

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Tip: If the preset formats do not meet you needs, you can customize a format by yourself, and click “Save As” button to save your settings as a new format. When you'd like to use the new created format at next run, just click the format bar and find it in "Custom" group.

4. Convert Canon C500 MXF Videos to FCP editing format on Mac
After every thing necessary was selected, please click the “Convert” button to start MXF video conversion on Mac OS X.

The Conversion window will pop up, which displays task list and progress information including Time elapsed, Time left, Generated size, and Estimated size. After conversion is done, simply click "Completed" to back to main interface, and click "Open" button to find generated videos. Subtitle: Add plug-in SRT, ASS, SSA subtitle to videos.

Tips:

Get the solutions for Panasonic/Canon/Sony MTS to FCP, iMovie, FCE importing and editing issues, please link to Brorsoft MTS Colum.

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