Do you want to import Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to Final Cut Pro for editing on Mac OS X Lion? But you may meet some troubles. "Q: I've been given some MXF files that were made by a Sony XDCAM camera. How do i import those files to FCP? I read a bit and I concluded to Calibrated. Is there another way, maybe a freeware utility?".
In fact, FCP(Final Cut Pro) can't surpport Sony XDCAM HD High-Definition Camcorders PDW-F800, PDW-700, PDW-F355L MXF files, you need a MXF to FCP Converter Tool for Mac to help you convert/transcode Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to FCP compatible format Apple ProRes for editing.
Step 1: Import Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to the best MXF to FCP Converter for Mac.
Transfer the MXF video from Sony XDCAM camcorder to your Mac computer hard drive via USB cable. Free download Brosoft MXF Converter for Mac and launch it as the best Sony XDCAM HD MXF to FCP Converter for Mac. Click the button “File” to add Sony XDCAM HD MXF files (or directly drag and drop your Sony XDCAM HD MXF files) to the MXF to FCP Converter for Mac. If it is necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.
Tip: If you want to merge Sony XDCAM HD MXF files for Final Cut Pro, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.
Step 2: Select an output format for FCP and set the output folder.
Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sublist, several formats are all compatible with Final Cut Pro. Here we recommend the “Apple PreRes 422(HQ) (*mov)” which make you transfer Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to FCP on Mac Lion keeping high video quality . Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.
Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.
Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Step 4: Start converting your Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac.
Click the “Convert” button; it will convert Sony XDCAM HD MXF files to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.
After the Sony XDCAM HD MXF to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac conversion, you can edit Sony XDCAM HD MXF files in FCP on Mac Lion without any trouble.
(Msg. 2) Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:32 am
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(Msg. 3) Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:00 am
Convert Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to ProRes HQ 422 .mov on Mac
Summary:From this post below, you can learn the best way to transcode Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to ProRes HQ 422 for FCP.
Sony PMW-200 recording function:
The Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is the successor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder. It supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. The PMW-200 is equipped with three 1/2" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Exmor CMOS sensors, which support 1000 TV1 high resolution.
What situation do you need to transcode Sony PMW-200 MXF to ProRes codec?
As the PMW-200 records MPEG HD422 codec MXF format, it’s not well for editing in FCP on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, you will encounter importing/video/audio problems when you want to load Sony PMW-200 MXF in FCP on Mac, the best way is to transcode Sony PMW-200 MXF to Apple prores 422 HQ codec MOV format, here you can try Pavtube MXF converter for Mac, it has presetted output format for fcp with prores codec, and it works well on Sony XDCAM camcorder and Canon XF camcorder. You can visit its MXF column on Pavtube website.
"I am using a trial version of the MXF converter to convert 50Mbps 1920X1080 23.98 MPEG HD422 XDCAM material shot on a Sony PMW-200 to ProRes HQ 422 .mov files. The computer is a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook pro running OS 10.6.8 with 4GB ram. I loaded from a folder and I clicked the option to transfer all the files in the folder. For 22GB of material the transcoding time is very short, thank yor for your recommendation."
Here's the main interface:
With this software, you can directly convert Sony PMW-200 MXF to Apple prores 422 HQ codec for output. Here is the output profile.
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:16 am
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:06 am
Post subject: Free Import Canon XF MXF files to Final Cut Pro X/7
As we all know, for the compatibility issue, many MXF Camcorder users have the experiences with Plug-in or MXF converter. From googling, we found many users often met some problems if they tried importing Canon XF MXF clips to Final Cut Pro X, and they wanted to get a way to help them to solve the troubles. In the post I will share free or paid tools to imput Canon XF MXF recordings to FCP X for further editing on Mac OS X.
Question 1: Canon XF305 into Final Cut Pro X
"I am working on a project shot on the Canon XF305 and want to import into Final Cut Pro X and I know that the Canon MXF Codec isn't supported in FCP X so what is best way to import the footage without losing quality of the HD 1080 25p footage?"
Question 2: How do I convert .mxf files from Canon XF300 so that I can edit them in Final Cut Pro 7?
I am editing my wedding footage and have been given a small amount of footage in .mxf files from the xf300 camera and I was wondering how to get them into Final Cut Pro 7 so that I can edit them with the rest of the footage. Log and Transfer doesn't work like usual .mxf footage as when I try to add the files it says ""xf300_ceremony" contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media." I tried to download the plug-in for xf300 but that doesn't seem to make any difference. What can I do to get theses files in?
Learn more symptoms in importing Canon XF MXF to FCP (X):
When I try to import my MXF footages to Final Cut Pro X by the File/Import/Media... screen, FCP X tells me:"No Importable Files" or "None of the selected files or folders can be imported."
Though I have installed the Canon XF Plugin from canon web site, I still can't import MXF files shot on canon C300 into Final Cut Pro X.
My FCP no longer import MXF files since I updated to Mavericks. I installed the Canon driver as well - but the selections are still grayed out when I try to import .mxf footages
When I get to the 'Log and Transfer' stage, I still run into the same problem, where FCP7 won't let me import the MXF movie files and says it's an unrecognizable format.
The XF305 and XF300 camcorders mark both Canon's switch to using flash memory as a recording format in its new professional camcorder range and a new level of recording quality for High Definition camcorders. The most significant difference between the XF models and their current competitors is the use of Canon's MPEG-2 codec with a data rate of 50Mbps and 4:2:2 colour sampling.
MPEG-2 is widely accepted for recording video in currently used formats, such as HDV and Blu-ray discs, but compared to HDV, for example, this version of MPEG-2 offers twice the vertical colour resolution and twice the data bandwidth. The video files from the XF305 and XF300 camcorders are stored in an MXF wrapper that has the advantage of being able to support metadata, as well as video and audio. However, MXF is not widely accepted as an editable format. People who are new to MXF often get stuck with importing the Canon XF .mxf videos to Final Cut Pro, AVID Media Composer or other professional non-linear video editors. Here are some free and handy tools for Mac users to get Canon MXF video into Final Cut Pro 7/X:
Canon XF Plugin
MXF Converter for Mac (http://www.hivimoore.com/product/mxf-converter-for-mac/)
Top 3 Free & Handy tools to import Canon XF MXF files to Final Cut Pro (X)
1. Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro – Free
Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro is plug-in software for importing video clips captured by compatible camcorders (XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100) into Final Cut Pro. This is free plug-in software for Final Cut Pro. It allows you to use the Log and Transfer function to edit movies captured with the XF camcorders. Users of Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 and later can use it to play back movie clips in all movie formats supported by the compatible models, and to download native or Apple ProRes 422 files. For Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 to Final Cut Pro 7.0.2 users, it is possible to play back all movie clips and download these files in native or Apple ProRes 422 format (excluding files recorded in 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/30P, 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/25P, and 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/24P modes). Canon XF plug-ins are supplied with the XF305 and XF300 for Apple Final Cut Pro and AVID Media Access.
This free XfcpX app will get your Canon MXF files into Final Cut Pro X. This re-wraps the MXF media into a .mov format so that FCPX can read the files. No actual conversion takes place. This is donateware by the way.
3. MXF Converter for Mac - $29
There is another third party piece of software that you might try if the Canon XF plugin cannot be installed or does not work properly with some .mxf clips (which is common). Comparing with Canon XF Plugin, the top MXF Converter for Mac supports more MXF file types, as well as your Blu-ray/DVD discs. It is good at converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Sony XDCAM camcorders, Canon XF series camcorders, JVC camcorders to formats compatible with your video editing software like Final Cut Pro (X), iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Aperture 3, iPhoto and more. Pavtube Mac MXF Converter is recommended to help you convert XF .mxf to Apple ProRes 422 MOV, allowing editing in Final Cut Pro (X) without going through rendering process. With this tool, you can easily transcode Canon XF MXF files to Apple ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes LT, DVCPRO, AIC, DV, Avid DNxHD, MPEG for using within different editing software, as well as compressing MXF video to smaller MPG, MOV, AVI, M4V, MP4, etc. videos for playing back in QuickTime and uploading to YouTube.
Also this Mac MXF Converter can convert MXF and HD video like TS, MTS, TP, M2TS, and TRP to all popular video formats like MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF, M4V and more for lmost all popular multimedia devices. It allows users to extract audio from MXF files and convert to AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR M4A, MKA, OGG, MP2, MP3, AU, even lossless audio format like FLAC, WAV and WMA etc. Moreover, this application supports converting MXF to 3D videos in MP4, MKV, TS, AVI, and FLV formats on Mac, including Anaglyph 3D, Side by Side 3D, Top and Bottom 3D. (Guide: How to convert MXF files on Mac?)
After a simple setup process, you could see the Canon XF MXF to FCP 7/X conversion workflow as below.
Step 1. Click the "Add Video" button to import the source MXF videos to this MXF to FCP Converter for Mac.
Tips: To convert more than one MXF video, you could import all of them together and convert these files to ProRes MOV videos at one time.
Step 2. Click on the "Profile" drop-down list and choose "Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)".
Step 3. Click the "Settings" button to adjust output profile settings. Here users could adjust bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc. - You can also skip the step.
Step 4. When you finish the settings, click the "Convert" button and begin to convert Canon XF MXF to Final Cut Pro supported format – Apple ProRes. After that, click the "Open Folder" button to get the converted file and then import the converted MXF file to Final Cut Pro without rendering.
Tips: You can also do some basic editing before conversion. In the edit window, you can modify video effect by adjusting the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and volume, crop video, trim video, and add text/image watermark to video.
Nowadays, kinds of camcorders record videos in HD or Full HD. Professional Photographers like to edit their camera clips without quality lossless. So as to keep the video quality as good as original. With a Mac computer, there are many useful editing software. Like FCP (X), FCE, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Avid Studio, iPhoto etc. If you often use such editing software, you may find, each editing software has the most suitable codec for editing. Which will help us maintain video quality to a large extent. For example, FCP series prefer Apple ProRes codec, while Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) is most suitable for iMovie or FCE. However, our camcorders record videos in kinds of video formats, when you import them into the editing software, sometimes, it will take a long time for rendering. In fact, it's the process of transcoding.