Summary: This article shows you how to transcode MXF files to a Windows or Mac compatible format, so that you can play, edit, share, or upload your MXF recordings on Windows and Mac without issues.
Q: I have some wonderful footage in MXF format. What I wanna know is how can I handle these video clips on Mac(10.6., or the suggestion for Windows PC(an old Windows XP).
As you know, MXF files are often produced by high-end cameras and camcorders, like Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2, and Canon XF300/XF305 or C300 to store video, audio, and programmed data. However, MXF as a container format, still can not be natively or directly supported by many professional video editing programs like Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, Windows Movie Maker, etc. What’s more, many video players, portable devices can’t open and play MXF successfully.
There are some possible solutions for you:
Solution 1: Try VLC Media Player if you only wanna view your MXF recordings on your computer.
Download and install VLC Media Player (latest version) on your Mac/Windows, drag and drop your MXF file to the program to play MXF file.
Solution 2: If you want to do further editing with MXF files in NLE(FCP, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Avid MC, Sony Vegas…) or transfer to Galaxy Tab 3, iPad Mini, upload to YouTube, etc, you will need to convert MXF format in advance.
So an MXF File Converter is what you want. Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac (For windows: MXF Converter) works as a professional MXF utility for Mac and Windows users that can transcode MXF files to AVI/WMV/MPEG-2/MOV for play MXF files on QuickTime, iTunes, iPad, Galaxy S4… or import MXF files to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Sony Vegas/Pinnacle Studio/Windows Movie Maker for editing smoothly with the edit-friendly format like Apple ProRes, AIC, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc.
In addition to convert MXF files, the MXF Conversion tool can also edit MXF files like trim, crop, merge, add water mark, and attach subtitles and more. Below is the detailed guide to show you how to convert MXF files on Windows or Mac.
Step 1. Run the best MXF converter. Click "Add file" button, browse and load .MXF files to the converter.
Step 2. If you need convert MXF to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MPEG... just click format bar and choose the format you need.
To edit MXF clips on Mac, you can convert MXF to Apple ProRes for FCP and MXF to AIC MOV for editing in iMovie/FCE.
Editing Tips before conversion:
The MXF Converter allows basic editing of your MXF videos. Click "Trim" button to clip unwanted video parts. Click "Crop" button to crop unwanted video area. Click "Effect" to add effect to you video like adding watermark, adjust video image.
Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting Panasonic/Canon/Sony MXF to a proper format as you need.
When the conversion is completed, click "Open" to fast locate the converted files. Now you can get the converted MXF files for playing, editing, sharing and more.
Learn more MXF file conversion tutorial, please reference Brorsoft MXF Column.
P.S. If you are not familiar with MXF, click here to learn what a MXF file is.
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