Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Best MXF to Avid MC Converter- Bringing .MXF files into Avid Media Composer

Summary: This guide shows how to transcode MXF files natively for use in Avid Media Composer with best Mac MXF to Avid converter.

MXF, a container format, is created by the high-definition camcorders like Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 502, HVX200 and Canon XF300/XF305 to store video, audio, and programmed data. The recording video is high definition and keeps the high quality.

When importing and editing these MXF videos in Avid Media Composer, uses always encounter video and audio problems, as the Avid Media Composer doesn't support HD videos well due to the codec. Most of the editors I've talked to say they generally link to the H.264 MXF files via AMA, then transcode in Media Composer.(Read how to bring MXF files in Avid MC with AMA)  But many of them have met unexpected problems. We'd like to find something we can run on a few Mac Pros that would allow us to transcode the MXF media ahead of time, so we can avoid transcoding on import.

So if you want to edit your MXF files on the Avid Media Composer, you need to convert it to Avid DNxHD video format first, so you can import it for the further editing. This article will show you the easy way to import MXF recordings into Avid Media Composer, including v5/v5.5/v6/v6.5..

Here we would like to introduce an all-in-one Mac MXF Converter - a professional Pavtube Mac MXF to Avid Converter, it's not only able to convert Canon,Sony, Panasonic MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer, but also can convert various MXF files from different camcorder to suitable format for FCP (X), iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Android/Apple iOS/Windows 8 portable devices and so on.


1. It also provides try-before-purchase service, click here to download a free trial version;
2. Please choose to download dmg package if you are running mac 10.5 or 10.6;
3. A windows version is available for windows users: MXF to Avid Converter.

Now get your program installed and let’s begin!

How to Convert MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV on Mac?

Step 1. Install and launch the Mac MXF to Avid Converter, click ‘add videos’ to load individual videos, or click ‘add from folder’ to load the entire folder.

Step 2. Click “Format” and choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the best output format for editing MXF video files in Avid MC.

Optional: You can also click “Settings” – which is marked as step 3 in screenshot – to set up frame rate, video quality, bitrate and check the generated file size.

Step 3. Click “Convert” and let it go! It will help to shut down computer if you have many videos to convert.

3..2..1..bingo! Ok now you can click “Open” to locate your converted MXF videos and load it to Avid Media Composer.

In addition, you can also refer to this guide to learn about How to import video files to Avid Media Composer on Mac.

- Trim, combine, de-interlace MXF footage, capture MXF frame.

Trim MXF clips: Click "Edit" to enter video editor, by default the "Trim" tab is activated, so just set start time and end time to include the duration you want to remain, cutting others out.

Combine/Join MXF files: If you would like to join several files together, just select these files and check the Merge into one box.

De-interlace MXF footage: Some footage may be saved as interlaced video with Juggled edges and ghosting. In that case you can set deinterlace effect to eliminate the combing. Follow "Edit"-> "Effect"-> "Deinterlacing".

Capture frame from MXF recordings: To thumbnail video frame, you may click the "Snapshoot" button when it plays to your favorable frame.

Read more:

Editing Canon XF100 .mxf files in FCP X
Transfer Canon C300 MXF to FCP/Quicktime
Convert P2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 on Mac
Canon XF300 MXF Converter for Mac
Import C500 MXF to Premiere Pro CS 4/5/6
Transcode C500 MXF to FCP 6/7
Get C500 MXF to Avid Media Composer