Import Sony PDW-F800 MXF to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid

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Import Sony PDW-F800 MXF to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid

Postby kyo » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:45 am

Import Sony PDW-F800 MXF to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid

Summary: Follow this article below, you will know how to use Pavtube Sony XDCAM Content to MOV Converter to convert Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM MXF video to FCP, FCE, iMovie, Avid for editing with best optimized codec.

The Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder provides the durability and reliability professionals have become accustomed to with their full line of ENG camcorders, while adding many new features. What sets the XDCAM HD422 line apart from other cameras is the ability to shoot high definition video at manageable bitrates, without sacrificing quality.

Equipped with three 2/3" HD CCDs, the PDW-F800 is capable of recording a 1080p stream at different frame rates and bit rates, giving the user increased versatility to choose between quality and run time. The camera can also under and over crank, between 4 and 60 frames, which can be used for fast and slow motion effects.


Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM camcorders' video format is MXF, using MXF footage on Mac is a big problem. Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM MXF format is not compatible with Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, iMovie or Avid on Mac. So if you want to edit Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM MXF in Final Cut Pro, FCE, iMovie, Avid or other software, you first need to convert Sony PDW-F800 MXF video to compatible format like ProRes 422 codec, AIC codec, or DNxHD codec. ProRes codec is a common format developed by Apple, ProRes 422 is intended for non-linear editing with Apple Final Cut (Pro), and AIC codec is mainly for iMovie and FCE, DNxHD codec is for Avid Media Composer editing. They retain higher quality when you convert Sony PDW-F800 MXF to these codecs. Below are some useful tips for you and you will know how to import Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM MXF to Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, iMovie or Avid MC on Mac.

1.Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. This is excellent software which can help you convert Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM MXF video to ProRes for FCP X, FCP, AIC, DNxHD codec MOV format. Besides, it supports many other formats for output.


2.Install and launch the Pavtube Sony XDCAM MXF to Mac Converter, import the MXF video you want to convert.

3. Choose the best output format for iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid. Click on "Format" and choose the corresponding output format.

For FCP X, FCP users, you can choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)";

For iMovie and FCE users, you can choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)";

For Avid Media Composer users, you can choose "Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov)". They are the best codec and format for editing.


4. You can click "Settings" to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate and frame rate.


5. You can click edit button to edit MXF video, such as deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up and crop.

6. Click "Convert" button to start.

Sony XDCAM MXF Converter for iMovie/FCE will transcode PDW-F800 XDCAM HD422 MXF to Apple ProRes, AIC, DNxHD codec, and convert MXF to MOV format.

After converting, you can import Sony PDW-F800 footage to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid editing instantly without rendering. More output formats are supported, you can also read more guides on MXF video in Pavtube MXF column.

Mac Video Importing Tips

[*] FCP (X) Importing: How to import video files to FCP X?

[*] iMovie Importing: How to import video files or projects to iMovie?

[*] Avid Media Composer Importing: How to import Media files to Avid MC?

Tips: You can use Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac to burn PDW-F800 XDCAM Free MXF to DVD on Mac, you can take this MXF video to DVD guide as example. Now in the Christmas 2012 promotion activity, if you buy converter product, you can get free DVD Creator, just have a try.

PS. If you have any problem, pls contact with to get more information. You also can leave a message on Pavtube Community or Pavtube Facebook, we will answer your questions as soon as possilble.
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