MXF to FCP- Canon C300 to Final Cut Pro X Workflow

Published on by Chris King

Some tips and ticks for importing and editing Canon C300 footage in Final Cut Pro X to go as smoothly as possible.

MXF to FCP- Canon C300 to Final Cut Pro X Workflow

Canon C300 is not a new camera, but still hot. There are a pile of MXF clips shot on C300 by owners around the world. Generally, working with Canon C300 footage in FCP X – which is XDCAM 422 50/Mbs footage in a .MXF wrapper should easy as long as you install a free plugin from Canon. While, things do not go well as we think. There are many users are confused and complained when importing C300 MXF to Final Cut Pro X problems always around. So, is there anyway we can ingest MXF Files from canon C300 into Final Cut Pro X smoothly? Yes, you can make it based on the tips we shared below.

Tips and tricks for Canon C300 to Final Cut Pro X Workflow:

1.> First, keep the file structure of the memory card intact.

Everything will work seamlessly, that is, if your cards have been copied correctly to the hard drive with their entire folder structure intact. Without that folder structure you are effectively locked out of accessing your footage and an editing application like FCP will give you an error message like this one:

Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder). Canon has free browser apps that will let you back up your media.

2.> If your C300 card structure is broken, what to do?

If for whatever reason your card structure doesn’t come across intact, what can you do? FCP X needs a correct card structure so if you have to, transcoding C300 MXF to ProRes for FCP X in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.

To have a fast and lossless MXF to ProRes conversion, Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is a good choice. It will enable you to grab the .MXF files and transcode them into ProRes 422, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7. You can batch convert as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly.

*Guide on Transcoding Canon C300 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV

Step 1: Import MXF files from your C300 to the MXF to FCP Converter Mac.

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting C300 mxf files to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS(Yosemite, Mavericks included).

So, you can edit C300 MXF videos with Final Cut Pro X beautifully.

Comment on this post

Shengji 12/16/2014 12:44

I got a lof of C300 MXF videos from my client. And my work is to transfer all of them into FCP for editing. But the problem is that MXF is incompatible with FCP. So I am here to get the tutorilal to finish the work. Brorsoft is the best! Thank you !

Mathew 12/15/2014 12:26

As searched lots of threads that talk about the C300 to FCP issues. There are many guys can import C300 MXF to Final Cut Pro smoothly, but there's no luck on me. I think your post has helped me out.The MXF converting tool from Brorsoft is a nice utility to handle MXF files. Thanks.