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How to use FCP X with your MXF files from Canon XF100

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For Mac users, Final Cut Pro is one of the most famous video editing software. With its recent refreshment, Apple completely redesigned the app that made it faster and simpler. The new features of FCP X is much similar to iMovie, it supports importing videos, audios and images as clips in events. You may even full copy iMovie event folder for using in FCP X.

Final Cut Pro X supports importing directly from a large amount of popular camcorders or digital still cameras. But for Canon XF 100 MXF footage , it doesn't work. You need to convert the recorded video to FCP X supported format to import, such as MOV or MP4 in H.264 codec . I recommend you Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. (Or you can use Canon XF Plug-in for FCP)


See also: Ask for Some MXF | MXF Converter Review | MXF Transcoding Tips?

This program helps you encode your clips with Apple ProRes 422 (FCP 6 or above is recommended), Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov), Rewrap (*.mov), DV-PAL (*.MOV), Apple InterMedia Codec (*.mov), Avid DNxHD (*.mov), DVCPRO50-PAL/NTSC (*.mov), etc. Then you can import the output files in Final Cut Pro X directly with out rendering, but you should make sure you select the right codec and parameters to encode.


Now please follow the guide to realize converting Canon XF 100 MXF footage to Apple Prores 422 on Mac (Yosemite and Mavericks included):

Step 1. Install and run this MXF to Final Cut Pro X converter, add your video files.

Step 2. Click on "Format", select "Final Cut Pro" category, then choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)".

1. The video and codecs are all from the FCP X you installed into your Mac, so the output quality is FCP X level.
2. If you intend to combine multiple MXF clips into one file, simply check "Merge into one file" box.
3. If you would like to export Apple ProRes with multiple audio tracks kept, you may change to Pavtube iMixMXF program. (Learn More: Encode Canon MXF to FCP with multiple audio tracks preserved)
4. To split an MXF clip, simply check it in the file list once loaded, and then click "Split" icon  and check "Enable" to split by file count, time length or file size.

Step 3. Start converting Canon XF100 MXF to Apple ProRes by clicking "convert".

When the process is finished, import the converted video file to FCP X for editing. Hope this article on How to Import files to FCP X for editing helps.


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