How to Fix Corrupt MXF files on Mac El Capitan

Published on by Chris King

Got troubled with some corrupted MXF files? This article will show you how to fix damaged MXF files under Mac OS X for smooth importing and editing.

How to Fix Corrupt MXF files on Mac El Capitan

Stuck with the damaged MXF files on your Mac? How can you import and edit the corrupted MXF files in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc editing software? Well, this article aims to help you fix corrupt MXF clips on Mac for working with Mac tools easily.

What is MXF?

MXF, short for Material Exchange Format, is a new developed video container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. This video format is created specifically for HD digital camcorders including Canon XF, Panasonic P2. If you have one of these camcorders like Canon XF100, Canon XF105, Canon C300, Canon XF305, you must be familiar with the MXF format, because Canon XF series camcorders output captured data in MXF extension.

Though MXF file is reliable format used for storing video files, it can get corrupted for any oblivious reasons. There are various incidents or events that can lead to MXF corruption. Mentioned below are a few common situations that end up corrupting your MXF files and need to be repaired:

*CF card formatted in camera or deleted accidentally
*Compact Flash card became corrupt and MXF files were recovered using disk recovery software
*A full CF card was put in camera instead of a blank one, footage was overwritten with new content before operator could dump the data off of it
*Last clip on Canon CF card is unplayable. Rest of clips are OK
*Card failed to copy data across on computer

How to Fix Corrupt MKV Video Files?

Well, corrupt MXF files don't have a coherent structure. It’s really hard to recover them. So if for whatever reason your card structure doesn't come across intact, what can you do? As you know, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid MC and other NLE system need a correct card structure to read and ingest (P2)MXF clips. In this case, transcoding MXF files to FCP (X) or other NLE natively compatible format in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.

Overall, Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the best choice. It will allow you to grab the .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 transcode as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly. Of course, if you are Windows PC user and want to work with MXF files in Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc, download and install Brorsoft MXF Converter.

Editor’s Note: How to Copy MXF Files Correctly?

Well first, and this may go without saying, but if you’re going to get an intern or producer to do it make sure they know what they’re doing. Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder).

Sony and Canon both have free browser apps that will let you back up your media. Or you could invest in something to duplicate your cards to multiple drives simultaneously. You are backing them up as you go, right?

Related Guides:
Edit Panasonic/Canon/Sony (P2) MXF to FCP 7 natively
P2 MXF to FCP- What if P2 corrupt folder crashed in FCP

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