A simple tutorial that tells you how to import Panasonic P2 MXF, Canon/Sony MXF to Final Cut Pro 7 for further editing natively.
As a videographer, you may access many MXF materials like from Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 and Canon XF, etc. However, using .mxf in FCP 7 is a big problem for many guys. Actually, there are different ways to import MXF footage(from different manufacturers) to Final Cut Pro 7. This article aims to give you a way to import and edit MXF to FCP 7 natively.
Canon's use MXF as well as Sony's, but they're not the same. I've got both manufacturers utilities on my system: for Sony MXFs it'll be Import-XDCAM but if they're Canon MXFs it'll be Log & Transfer and select the format in the L&T preferences. But the basic issue is the same. FCP 7 still can’t support MXF files natively but converts them to QT via Log and Transfer. That means MXF files can only be edited natively with the aid of third party software like Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac.
The program is a professional yet decent MXF to FCP 7 Converter which can help you transcode mxf to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro 7 with several simple steps. Besides, the Mac MXF converter also supports professional encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, MPEG-2, DNxHD - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie/FCE, Adobe Premiere or Avid Media Composer. It must be your best choice when you need a Panasonic P2 mxf Converter or a Canon mxf Converter or a Sony XDCAM MXF Converter. You can do action with .mxf files at anytime anywhere now.
How to Convert MXF files for Editing in FCP 7
Note: While importing MXF clips into Final Cut Pro 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.
1. Click "add video" button to import the P2 .mxf or Canon .mxf files to the top MXF to FCP 7 Converter. Click “add from folder” button to add MXF folder. The software will find corresponding audio content by itself and mix it to video during conversion.
2. Click on the “Format”bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422" 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 7 on Mac OS X. Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" to find the resulted files. Just import them to your FCP 7 to start your project.
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