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Importing Canon MXF to Final Cut Pro X

Following is the best solution to the importing Canon MXF recordings to Final Cut Pro X on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and 10.11 El Capitan included.

Importing Canon MXF to Final Cut Pro X

I’ve got a ton of MXF files from Canon C300 Mark II and now I'm trying to import the Canon MXF files into Final Cut Pro X for editing. Since the files come out natively as MXF, I know I can pull them right into Final Cut Pro X as it claimed that FCP X can support Canon MXF with the help of Canon XF Plugin. While, the problem here is, the file structure coming off the card itself has been presenting issues. Because of this, FCP X doesn't seem to be able to successfully ingest the MXF files. I feel like there's a workaround that I'm not seeing. So I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find, and have had a decent solution yet.

According to the tech support online, I know MXF is a self-container format which is unacceptable by various non-linear editing systems (NLE) including the Final Cut Pro. In order to transfer Canon MXF files to FCP X natively, the easy workaround is to transcode Canon MXF to ProRes, the native format for Final Cut Pro. It will ensure the efficient result while importing MXF into FCP X for editing.

Along with some help from a top MXF Converter tool- Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly. To help those who wanna convert Canon MXF files(from XF105, XF300, XF100, XF305, C300, C300 MK II) to Final Cut Pro, here I share with you a simple guide on how to rewrap Canon MXF footage to edit in FCP X under Mac OS X(El Capitan included).

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to ProRes Converter on Mac, which not only can convert Canon MXF files, but also provides simple video editing functions for you. The MXF file converter is designed with the various optima preset profiles like ProRes for Final Cut Pro, DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, AIC .mov for iMovie, etc. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft MXF Converter, which can transcode MXF files for Windows editing smoothly. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to make your Final Cut Pro X work with Canon MXF videos beautifully.

Converting Canon MXF to Final Cut Pro X on Mac

Step 1. Launch the Canon MXF Converter for Mac. Drag and drop Canon .mxf clips to it. The converter works with MXF shootings taken with Canon XF series. And it supports batch conversion. That means you can add several videos files for conversion at one time.

Step 2. Click on the "Format" bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422" or "Apple ProRes 422 HQ" or "Apple ProRes 4444" as the output format.

Step 3. Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button for getting the best quality before starting conversion.

Step 4. Click the convert button under the preview window; the Mac MXF Converter will start transcoding Canon MXF to FCP X immediately.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Final Cut Pro X perfectly.

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