Want to know how to work Panasonic P2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro smoothly? Here I have some tips and tricks for you.
Generally, you should be able to import straight from the P2 camera into FCP X as Final Cut Pro X now supports P2 MXF files well. And if you want to copy content from a P2 card, don't just copy the files separately. You need to bring in the whole folder structure. You can use FCP X itself to create a camera archive, which you can store safely, and import from. While, for any reason, if you got a corrupt P2 folder and want to import P2 MXF to FCP for editing, the things turn to be different. In this article, I will give you some tips for using P2 MXF files(in corrupt folder structure) to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7.
If for whatever reason your P2 card structure doesn’t come across intact, what can you do? As you know, Final Cut Pro and other NLE system need a correct card structure to read and ingest MXF footage. In this case, tanscoding P2 MXF to ProRes for editing with FCP in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.
Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is a good choice. It will allow you to grab Panasonic P2 MXF files and transcode them into ProRes 422, DNxHD, Apple InterMediate Codec .mov, etc, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, FCE and more editing programs. You can batch convert as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly. Chances you already installed this great utility. If not, download it now and learn the step-by-step instruction on converting P2 MXF to ProRes for FCP.
Convert and import P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro X/7
Step 1. Add P2 MXF files> Install and launch the P2 MXF to FCP Converter, and then click "Add Video" button to import P2 .mxf files.
Step 2. Choose FCP compatible format> 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.
Step 3. Start P2 MXF to ProRes conversion> Click Convert button to start transcoding P2 MXF to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.
After the conversion, you can click "Open" to find the ProRes .mov videos which can be directly imported to FCP X, FCP 7. Start your P2 camera video editing now.
Editor’s Note: Brorsoft’s MXF converter for Mac is a great help for Canon XF, Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM HD owners to solve all MXF to FCP, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere incompatible issues. Here you can get more MXF importing & editing solutions from the professional MXF camcorder column.
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