How to deal Sony F3L/F3K MXF and FCP/Avid/iMovie/FCE incompatibility problem on Mac
Summary: Encounter problems when import Sony PMW-F3L/PMW-F3K MXF into FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie on Mac? Just follow this article to get the best tools and methods to edit Sony F3L/F3K MXF on Mac editing software.
In Sony's lineup of CineAlta 24p digital cinema cameras, the PMW-F3L/F3K Super 35mm Full-HD Compact Camcorder continues the democratization of high-end image capture. The PMW-F3 records 1920 x 1080 HD images using the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP HL compression standard. MPEG-2 Long GOP is a mature codec--also adopted by the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products--which enables users to record stunning quality HD footage with highly efficient, reliable data compression.
The Sony PMW-F3L/F3K offers a wide array of recording formats for multiple content creation applications. Scanning mode is switchable between 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 1440 x 1080 resolutions. Frame rate is also selectable from interlace and progressive: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, and native 23.98p.
When you get the rewrap clips and want to edit PMW-F3L/F3K XDCAM EX Rewarapped MXF files in FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie, you will meet the incompatiblity problem, since the FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie can not support the .mxf video files. How can the PMW-F3L/F3K XDCAM EX Rewarapped MXF files be editable with the lossless quality? It is easy--- you only need to find a great MXF to MOV Converter for Mac for editing MXF in FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie etc. Sometimes, as the users say, to find a powerful Sony PMW-F3L/F3K MXF to Mac converter is a quicker and easier way. Thus, the third party component is vital in achieving your goal.
The best tool for you is the MXF to MOV Converter for Mac. It can convert all the .mxf files, no matter where and how you get them, to ProRes, AIC or DNxHD with the original quality.
Here listed the three-step guide on how to transcode Sony PMW-F3L/F3K MXF files to ProRes or AIC or DNxHD for FCP/FCE 4/iMovie/Avid.
Step 1: Install Pavtube MXF to MOV Converter for Mac. Click "add video" button to import the mxf files from Sony PMW-F3L/F3K, click "add from folder" button to add MXF folder, or you can also directly drag and drog mxf clips to the program.
Step 2: Select an output format for FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie and customize the most suitable settings by adjusting the related parameters.
Click on the "Format" and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it's the best format for editing in FCP/FCP X; or you can choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov)". They are the best codec and format for FCE/iMovie, if you need to edit in Avid Media Composer, just choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov), DNxHD is best for Avid editing, etc.
Step 3: You can customize the output settings as you want, such as resolution, bitrate, frame rate and video/audio codecs.
Step 4: Start to convert Sony PMW-F3L/F3K MXF files to FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie.
Click the button for conversion and the MXF to MOV Converter for Mac will start the rewrapped MXF to ProRes or AIC or DNxHD conversion. You can find the process in the "Conversion" interface.
After the MXF to MOV Converter for Mac, you can now easily add the Sony PMW-F3L/F3K files to FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie and edit them by clicking on "import" button. Now, you can get rid of the worries about the incompatibility problem of MXF and FCP/FCE 4/Avid/iMovie.
There's a guide about import videos to Final Cut Pro on Pavtube website, you can see it.
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