Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fastly and easily import/edit Canon C300 MXF files in FCP X

The article shows you an easy workaround to import and edit Canon C300 recorded MXF files in FCP X on Mac 10.9 Mavericks along with some help from the best Prores Converter for FCP.

Canon has introduced a new Cinema EOS system, made up of a new interchangeable-lens digital video camcorder, the EOS C300, and seven 4K EF cinema lenses. C300 features a newly developed sensor, dubbed Super 35mm, offering a resolution of 8.29 megapixels.

Canon C300 is a new camcorder which focuses on film recording, it can give us excellent video quality. It uses MPEG-2 codec with an MXF File Wrapper. This codec offers a choice of 50 Mbps 4:2:2 component , 35 Mbps 4:2:0 component, and the standard HDV format of 25 Mbps 4:2:0. But the one thing which frustrate me is that, I can't handle the MXF files from my Canon C300 natively into FCP X. And this will stop me using FCP X. There were some Canon plugins available but the procedure is somwhat complex for me.

While looking for solutions to import Canon C300 MXF to FCP X on Mac, I find a easy workaround- that is to transcode Canon MXF footage to FCP X friendly Apple ProRes codec. It will saving rending time and avoid crashing problem, and thus, editing Canon MXF files in Final Cut Pro will be more easier.

For guys who may find it difficult to import and edit Canon C300 MXF files in FCP X on Mac, here is the fast guide to convert Canon C300 MXF to Prores MOV for FCP X. Along with some help from the 3rd-party software.

Required Software:
Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is a good tool for you. This professional MXF transcoder for Mac can help you convert C300 MXF files to Final Cut Pro X. I downloaded and tried several converters. Only this MXF to FCP Converter for Mac works for me. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple mxf videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion. Here comes the steps:

1. Download Pavtube MXF to FCP Converter for Mac, it’s a good MXF converter/transfer on Mac.

2. Install and launch this C300 MXF transcoder for Mac, import the C300 MXF files to the converter.

3. Click format column to choose output format, for editing C300 MXF files in Final Cut Pro X, you can choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).

4. You can click properties to adjust the audio stream ID if you find the C300 MXF no sound. Besides, you can click settings button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need.

5. Click convert button to start converting C300 MXF files to ProRes for FCP X, what’s more, with this MXF converter you can transfer MXF to QuickTime for playback.

Now you may have known how to convert/transfer canon C300 MXF to FCP X, just follow the steps above and have a try, you can edit C300 MXF footages in Final Cut Pro on Mac easily and fastly.

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