Thursday, December 26, 2013

Canon MXF Workflow - How to import Canon MXF footage to iMovie

Learn from this article, you can easily convert and import Canon MXF footage into iMovie for further editing on Mac (OS X 10.9 Mavericks included).

Specially designed for video hobbyists and independent filmmakers, iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Mac, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 users to edit their own home movies. iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into your all-time favorite films. Here it mainly talks about how to get Canon XF footages to iMovie for editing smoothly.

As you see, iMovie supports importing directly from a large amount of popular camcorders or digital still cameras. But as for Canon XF footages, this becomes a bit tacky that you can not natively import and edit .mxf wrapped footage from the XF100, XF105, XF300 and XF305 cameras in iMovie without rendering time.
A newbie may feel disappinted when the iMovie failed to import recordings from Canon XF105 or XF300 while experienced users will convert the Canon MXF to something iMovie can edit natively, say Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) encoded MOV format. Along with some help from the third-party software. Video Converter Varies, a recommended one is Pavtube MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac.

The program can not only convert MXF to AIC codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. After conversion, you can import the output files in iMovie directly without rendering, but you should make sure you select the right codec and parameters to encode. Below is how.

Free Download the Canon MXF Converter for Mac


Guide -Transcode Canon XF MXF footage to AIC for iMovie importing/editing under Mac OS X Mavericks

Step 1. Install and run this Canon MXF to iMovie Converter to your Mac Mavericks 10.9, add you video files.

Step 2. Click on Format, select iMovie and Final Cut Express category, then choose Apple InterMediate(AIC) (*.MOV).

Step 3. Start converting Canon mxf footage to iMovie AIC by clicking "Convert".

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.


If your videos files have more than two audio channels, and you want to convert to MOV file with all multiple audio tracks preservation, Pavtube iMixMXF can help you to get it done. With it you are allowed to preserve all or any audio tracks for output MOV and mix the multiple audio tracks into one if you need.

Once the conversion completes, you can can import Canon MXF footage to iMovie successfully and get down to video editing.

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