July 25 2016
Stuck in the damaged MXF files; can’t import and edit your MXF footage on Mac correctly? Fortunately, this article offers you the solution to fix corrupt MXF files easiy.
Final Cut Pro X can ingest MXF files quite happily through plug-in as I mentioned in FCP importing guide. Whereas, thing can be a bit more difficult if your MXF files are damaged. In this article, we aim to solve the issue how to fix corrupt MXF files, so that you can import and edit corrupt MXF files on Mac(El Capitan included) seamlessly.
As you know MXF has been around for many years. Back in 2005, it was already used by Panasonic cameras like AG-HPX250 using P2 storage DVCPRO format. Recently, the success of Sony XDCAM HD422 camcorders and of Canon XF products like Cinema EOS C300, XF100, XF300 have given MXF a prominent place in professional workflow. New 4K and Cinema formats like XAVC, Sony RAW and CinemaDNG use MXF as their container format. No matter from any camcorder, without that folder structure you are effectively locked out of accessing your MXF footage and an editing application like FCP X will give you an error message like this one:
Corrupt MXF Files Most Common Failure Modes:
CF card formatted in camera or deleted accidentally
Compact Flash card became corrupt and MXF files were recovered using disk recovery software
A full CF card was put in camera instead of a blank one, footage was overwritten with new content before operator could dump the data off of it
Last clip on Canon CF card is unplayable. Rest of clips are OK
Card failed to copy data across on computer
How to Copy MXF Files Correctly?
Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder). Sony and Canon both have free browser apps that will let you back up your media. You are backing them up as you go, right?
What to do if your MXF camcorder card structure is broken?
If for whatever reason your card structure doesn't come across intact, what can you do? As you know, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid MC and other NLE system need a correct card structure to read and ingest (P2)MXF clips. In this case, transcoding MXF files to FCP X or other NLE natively compatible format in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.
Here the software, I'm using is Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac. It helps me you to grab the .MXF files and transcode them into ProRes 422, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. Batch transcoding is supported and it works pretty quickly. Of course, if you are Windows PC user and want to work with MXF files in Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc, download and install MXF Converter, its equivalent Windows version.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Hopefully these tips will save you some time, effort and frustration with broken MXF file structures. So, you can edit (P2)MXF videos with Final Cut Pro X on Mac smoothly without any issues.