Thursday, July 18, 2013

Batch script to transcode MXF video files for using with VLC Player

In this article, we aim to offer you an easy way to help you play MXF with VLC media player freely.

  • What is MXF?
MXF is abbreviation for Material eXchange Format, it is a "container" or "wrapper" for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. MXF files are mainly from professional High Definition camcorders/cameras like Panasonic P2 camcorders AG-AC130EJ, AJ-HPX370, Canon XF series camcorder XF300, XF305, and Sony EX camera , etc.
  • The basic way to get MXF files played:
Find a media player that can support playing .mxf files as well as be compatible with the Mac or Windows OS.
VLC player is a powerful media player for viewing movies or videos on Mac and Windows. Playing MXF files on VLC is by using the Mainconcept Reference codec, by installing this codec you can directly run your MXF files on the VLC media player.
  • The Playback problems:
While, there are still groups of people complain of the imported with low video quality or incapability of video playback.

Q1: I read that VLC can easily play MXF but it's not working on mine. I have the latet VLC player. Any solutions? Thank you.

Q2Hey guys. I need some help.I am using a Canon camera to record rugby games. All of my previous stuff was saved on a desktop and all of my movies and videos are saved as MXF. I use a free program to convert MXF to MPEG-4 format for playing on my VLC player. The 1st file goes well but then appears to stop converting. Is the files too large to handle? What do I have to do? 

I can play the MXF files from my XF-100 in VLC, but the audio is choppy or non-existant…The video plays without a hitch. But no audio. Any fixes for this problem, or am I the only one?
  • An quick workaround to solve the MXF playback issues with VLC Player 
Nothing is absolute, if there are some special MXF can't be played by VLC or other Video Player, you can convert the MXF files to common formats (like AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, etc) to fit the local VLC media player with iMedia Converter for Mac from Pavtube.

This top MXF to Mac Converter which works successfully in MXF to MP4 conversion even you have a bunch of large MXF files. I have tried it to encode MXF to MP4, it turns out playing Canon, Sony, Panasonic MXF on Mac smoothly and at original quality.

It’s the best software application for Mac users. What’s more, this converter also supports many of other video formats like MOV,MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, etc on Mac. Below is easy steps for you, you can convert MXF to VLC player compatible formats for watching in few steps.

Step 1: Add mxf video files

Run iMedia Converter for Mac on your Mac computer. Transfer the individual .mxf file or MXF file structure (P2 MXF, XDCAM MXF, Canon XF) to HDD first, and then click "Add Video" to import the MXF files to the converter.

Step 2: Choose H.264 MP4 as output format.

In “Format” drop down list box, you may select best video format for plaing on Mac. To convert MXF to MP4 format, if you want to get common MP4 files for playback, you can choose Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4); if you want to get HD MP4 files to use, you can choose HD Video -> H.264 HD Video (*.mp4).

Step 3: Start Convert

Click “Convert” in the main interface to start transcoding MXF to Mac H.264 MP4.

After conversion, you can use converted MP4 files for playback easiliy and smoothly. You can also refer to the MXF to Quicktime MOV, MXF to AVI guide, and have a try.


If you are Windows users, you can try Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. It you can easily import the MXF video and the audios for playing and editing.

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