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How to Convert/Load Panasonic P2/Canon XF/Sony EX MXF Files to FCP X on Mac?

MXF is a “container” or “wrapper” format which supports a number of different streams of coded “essence”, encoded with any of a variety of codecs, together with a metadata wrapper which describes the material contained within the MXF file. MXF has been designed to address a number of problems with non-professional formats. Panasonic HVX200/HPX300/HPX3000, Canon C300/XF300/XF305, Sony EX MXF files are not supported by iTunes/FCP X/Apple TV 3/iPod Touch 5/iPhone 4s/iPad 4/iPad Mini, etc. We need mac mxf file converter to convert mxf file to QuickTime(MOV) or MP4 to import into iTunes/FCP X/Apple TV 3/iPod Touch 5/iPhone 4s/iPad 4/iPad Mini, etc. And this article will focus on convert Panasonic MXF to MOV for Final Cut Pro X for editing.

Final Cut Pro X is new released with powerful new features like expanded ProRes codecs, improved speed/XML interchange/media management, etc and some time-saving improvements like automatic transfer, easy export, and so on. However, this new released FCP X can not support MXF video format! Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro 7, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Mavericks/Mountain Lion/Lion, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, this new released FCP X does not support well with MXF Videos.

Since many people are confused by Panasonic HVX200/HPX300/HPX3000, Canon C300/XF300/XF305, Sony EX MXF files that they can’t easily view/open/play MXF files, even edit them with FCP X on Mac, I searched and found a powerful and easy Mac HD Video Converter, which can help your convert MXF files from Panasonic HVX200/HPX300/HPX3000, Canon Canon C300/XF300/XF305, Sony EX MXF to Final Cut Pro X friendly format MOV, convert MXF to AVI, convert MXF to MPG, convert MXF to MPEG, convert MXF to MP4, convert MXF to DV, etc with perfect quality and without audio syncing problems.

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Now follow this guide to starting your Panasonic/Canon/Sony MXF files to Final Cut Pro X MOV conversion.

Step 1. Load MXF videos to the UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac.

After copying MXF videos to Apple hard drive, just run the UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as the Panasonic/Canon/Sony MXF Converter, and click the Add button to load .MXF videos.

MXF to Apple ProRes Converter

Step 2. Choose MOV for FCP X on Mac OS X.

Click the Format option and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov)/Apple ProRes 422(*mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video (*.mov) as output video format. To get high quality video, you can adjust Profile Parameters by clicking Settings button and make sure the original option is used for the Bit rate option. The application will convert MXF files to ProRes .mov or QuickTime .mov for FCP X on Mac.

move MXF files from an HDD to FCP X

Step 3. Convert Panasonic HVX200/HPX300/HPX3000, Canon C300/XF300/XF305, Sony EX MXF files to Final Cut Pro X.

Click the convert button and the conversion from MXF files to Apple compatible ProRes .mov or quicktime mov videos for Final Cut Pro X/FCP X starts immediately.

Tip:

This UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac can also let you convert Panasonic/Canon/Sony MXF files to MOV for editing in Final Cut Express, imovie 8/9/11, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.

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How to Transcode HD Video MXF to Apple ProRes 422/4444 with A/V sync for FCP X on Mac?

Question 1:
“We are using FCP X, and as far as I know it does not read Canon XF305 files natively. We tried Canon XF utility, with very limited success, on few different machines. Main problem with that piece of software is that it expects to see compact flash cards straight from the camera and doesn’t seem to work very well with folders on an HDD. Is there a recommended workflow for us to move MXF files from an HDD to FCP X?”

Answer: It is strongly suggested to convert MXF clips to Apple ProRes 422 using UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac software, because FCP X needs to have all the footage on a timeline in the single codec, otherwise it needs to render everything and does not preview clips in realtime. You can find a free trial version.

Question 2:
“I especially get confused when I need to download the plug-ins from the Canon site, which is a real mess! I have MXF footage shot on the Canon C300 and I’m trying to convert it from true 24p to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976. Does anyone know an easy-to-use converter to do this?”

Answer: UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac will shed you some light on this problem. More than encoding true 24p C300 MXF files to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976, it can also rewrap MXF to PrpRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy, and ProRes 4444 for different FCP use.

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Step-by-step: How to convert MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro X editing?

Note: To convert MXF video you need to transfer the whole MXF file structure to Mac HDD, because MXF systems produce split-file A/V (that is, the video and audio stored in separate files).

Step 1. Load MXF video files.

Connect your camcorder to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MXF files to Apple hard drive disk.

Install and run UFUSoft HD Video MXF to Apple ProRes Converter.

Click “Add video” button to import your MXF files to the best UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac. Or click “Add from folder” button to load the MXF folder. The software will find corresponding audio content by itself and mix it to video during conversion.

MXF to Apple ProRes Converter

Step 2: Select Apple ProRes as output format for FCP X.

Click “Format” bar and move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422″ or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ” or “Apple ProRes 4444″ as the output format for Final Cut Pro X.

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Optional

1. You can also click “Settings” button, set bitrate and frame rate if necessary: 1920*1080 video size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60i videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50i videos).

2. Click “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

3. If you want to edit MXF files in iMovie or FCE, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the step 2.

Step 3. Click a big red button, start converting MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444with best audio and video synchronization for editing on FCP X. UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac supports batch conversion.

Note: If you are also a FCP 7 user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP 7 asks users to install it by themselves.

After conversion, you can import Apple ProRes video files to Final Cut Pro X for editing without problems.

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How to Convert HD Videos MOV/MTS/M2TS/MXF/XAVC/MKV to ProRes 422/4444 for FCP X?

“I have read a lot on FCP X and video editing but my knowledge is only theoretical as at date. I would like to start by creating 15 to 30 minutes HD videos. I will be shooting on a Canon 7D DSLR and a Panasonic HC-X920 and my Mac configurations are as follows:

iMac 21.5″ – Processor: 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5 – Memory: 8GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 – Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB – HDD: 500GB Sata
Software: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5, Final Cut Pro X + Compressor 4

but I always encounter problems when I trying to import these HD video recordings to FCP X directly, it seems that i can not load and transfer such HD videos to Final Cut Pro X, can you help me import the hd videos to FCP X”

Many users have encountered problems when importing HD videos like HD MKV, MOV, MXF, XAVC, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, MOD, TOD, TiVo, M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, ASF, 3GP, FLV, F4V, etc to FCP X for editing on Mac, the main reason is that some HD video format is not supported to import to FCP X directly and natively, because Final Cut Pro X best supported video codec is Apple ProRes codec MOV format, so you can’t import HD videos to FCP X directly. Maybe you are looking for a plugin for importing to FCP X, but it is not easy to find a good plugin that works for latest cameras and camcorders, since there are many kinds of video codes used by these recording devices, you’d better find a better way to import HD videos to Final Cut Pro X without plugins.

The best way we tested to import HD videos to FCP X natively without plugin is UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac, which helps to convert HD videos to Apple ProRes codec, which is native codec for FCP X, once you converted HD videos to Apple ProRes, you can import HD videos to FCP X without any problems, and you don’t need to render, you can edit the video natively in FCP X on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard.

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Now you can free download this HD videos to Final Cut Pro X Apple ProRes Codec Converter, install and run it, you will see the interface.

Part 1: Convert HD videos to Apple ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 (*.mov) for FCP X

Step 1: Run UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac as the perfect HD Videos to ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 Converter, and add HD video files you want to transcode for Final Cut Pro X into this program.

HD videos to Final Cut Pro X

Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 QuickTime .mov format for conversion.
Click on “Format” drop-down list and choose “Final Cut Pro” catogory to select the appropriate ProRes format for Final Cut Pro.

HD Video to ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro X

ProRes 422 HQ: This is the highest-quality video format, but unless you are shooting very carefully-lit, high-end video, such as RED, HDCAM, or HDCAM SR, the quality of your source image doesn’t equal the format. Use this version only for high-end work.

ProRes 422 (Recommended): This is the format I recommend for anyone shooting DSLR, HDV, AVCHD, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, AVCAM, or P2. Great image quality, with file sizes 30-35% smaller than ProRes 422 HQ. Since the DSLR images start as H.264, which is already quite compressed, ProRes 422 most closely matches the original image quality.

ProRes 422 LT: This is the format to use if you have tons of footage, need to edit using smaller (i.e. less storage space) hard drives, or are going to go thru an off-line to on-line process.

ProRes 422 Proxy: This format should only be used when file size is more important than image quality. Training files, library archive files, or other reference media are a good choice for this format.

ProRes 4444 is another lossy video compression format for use in post production. It shares many features with other codecs of Apple’s ProRes family but provides better quality than its predecessors, particularly in the area of color. If you hope to retain the maximum possible quality of your HD videos, the Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) is the ideal format.

Step 3: Start HD videos to Final Cut Pro X conversion by clicking on “Convert” button. Based on its multi-threading technology and advanced video/audio sync technology, you will get the converted ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 .mov files in perfect sync of video and audio with super fast speed.

Part 2: Import ProRes 422 MOV into Final Cut Pro X

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Once getting the ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 (*.mov) QuickTime video files via the best HD videos to Final Cut Pro X Converter on your Mac OS X, what you need to do is to import them to Final Cut Pro X for editing to meet your requirement.

Step 1: Run Final Cut Pro X, the layout of the editing software interface will pop up.

Step 2: Choose “Import < Files” at the top of the interface under the File command section.

HD videos to Final Cut Pro X

Step 3: Select one converted file .mov from the Choose a File window and press “Choose” button to choose this file you want to import into FCP.

Step 4: Find the file in the resources list for the project.

Step 5: Drag the file into the Timeline and then save the project.

Now, you are able to edit the HD video (HD MKV, MOV, MXF, XAVC, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, MOD, TOD, TiVo, M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, ASF, 3GP, FLV, F4V, etc) in Final Cut Pro X as you wish.

That’s all! Hopefully the converting HD videos to Apple ProRes 422/ProRes 4444 for FCP X make the experience of editing HD videos in Final Cut Pro X easier and quicker.

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