Converting MXF to ProRes 422 on Mavericks 10.9

Published on by Chris King

Read this guide to learn how to convert and transcode MXF file to ProRes 422 video for further editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X without hassle.


You may got some MXF files(from Canon C300, XF300, Panasonic P2 HVX200…) and need to add these MXF files to Final Cut Pro for editing on Mac Mavericks. However, when you're trying to import the MXF video files, you're only to find that the files are not supported by Final Cut Pro(even the latest FCP X). That's why so many people like you are looking for ways to convert MXF to ProRes encoded videos, which are high compatible with Final Cut Pro. Simply follow this article to convert MXF video to ProRes(422, 422 HQ, 422 LT, 4444 ) on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) for working with FCP flawlessly.

First you need to download Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality MXF converter, player and editor which is compatible with any Mac OS system including Mavericks 10.9. I've used this tool for a long time rewrapping Canon XF100 and Panasonic P2 (AG-HPX300) MXF recordings for FCP X. With it, I can effortlessly transcoding MXF files for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro. If you're editing MXF files with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Express, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it now and learn the step-by-step MXF to ProRes conversion.

So, what does the workflow look like?

1. Install and launch the MXF to ProRes Converter, and then click "Add Video" button to import .MXF files.

As you see, you should find the MXF video from one MXF whole structure folder, here I take my P2-dvcpro25 as an example: double click the P2-dvcpro25> CONTENTS> VIDEO, and then you can find the MXF file.


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.


Tips: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Click Convert button to start transcoding MXF to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" to find the .MOV videos which can be directly imported to FCP 6/7/X. You've done.

Editor’s Notes:

1. Up to now, Final Cut Pro seems to work fine if you import your MXF footages directly from Panasonic P2, Canon XF cameras, but if you have already copied MXF recordings to your HDD or you download them from somewhere, the importing error may jump out. The reliable workaround we've found so far is to transcode MXF to ProRes for using MXF files in FCP 6, FCP 7, FCP X.

2. While importing MXF clips into the program for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder (like a P2 Card). If you only have some loose .MXF clips, you files will have image only without audio. See MXF file structure on Panasonic's P2 card as below.


The above screenshot clearly shows .MXF clips are all saved in 'VIDEO' folder, while audio files are all stored in 'AUDIO' folder. When you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, Brorsoft MXF Converter Mac is able to recognize audio tracks from 'AUDIO' folder automatically, which ensures the generated files have both image and sound correctly.

Comment on this post

Christopher 03/25/2015 09:40

My FCP X can’t ingest MXF clips from C300. I’ve tried many ways, but no luck. Until find your post, my problem solved by converting MXF to ProRes 422. The best of all, No quality loss.

Livia 03/25/2015 07:59

MXF Converter is much helpful. Thank you for sharing. I am able to edit my P2 MXF videos in FCP X without any problem!