Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Convert Canon XF105 multi-track MXF to ProRes 422 MOV to edit in Premiere Pro CS6

If you encountered problems with importing XF105 multi-track MXF to PPro on Mac, please follow this post to effortlessly convert Canon XF105 MXF to Prores MOV for Premiere Pro CS6 with keeping multi audio channels.

The XF105 utilizes Canon's XF Codec – a file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper. The XF105 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920*1080 resolution, up to a 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. However, some Canon users find that it is hard to import Canon XF105 HD MXF files into Premiere Pro CS6?

My Canon XF105 .mxf files won't import into Adobe Premier Pro 6.0.3...  Keep getting a "generic error".... and I've tried everything! I've downloaded the Canon utilitiy, tried merging the clips, tried isolating the .mxf files, tried not touching the clip structure at all..... 

Now I want convert them into any format that Premiere Pro adopts. The key point is I don't want to loss any of the audio channels that I recorded with two microphones. Is that any work flow for this?

The Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 isn't well compatible with the tough ""MXF"" file format. In the case, convert MXF file from XF105 to Premiere Pro well compatible file format like Prores .mov can be an effective way, and it will make the editing work much smooth and easier. But how to keep the original multi audio channels?

Here, Pavtube iMixMXF can exactly do this for you. It is a great MXF Mixer and Converter that enables you to convert multi-track MXF from Canon XF105 to Prores for Premiere Pro preserving all the audio channels without quality loss, but also can make it easy for merging multiple video clips.  

Overall, it is a wonderful tool to preserve all the audio and subtitle tracks from original MXF file when converting multi-track MXF files to multi-track MKV, MP4, MOV for playing back on iDevices and Android tablets; as well as multi-track Apple ProRes for FCP, Premiere Pro and Apple Aperture 3 editing. Besides selecting multiple tracks you need, you can also mix the multiple audio tracks into one for output. Below is a brief guide:

Preparation for XF105 to Premiere Pro CS6 Conversion:

Free download this Multi-track MXF Converter for Mac and follow these steps to easily convert multiple audio channel MXF to ProRes for Premiere Pro CS6.

1. Connect your XF105 to Mac and keep it on; get this multi-track MXF to Premiere Converter installed. Now follow the top left two icons to load individual mxf or in batch.


2. Click "Format" and choose Multi-track Video>Multi-track Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the most compatible codec for Premiere Pro CS6 editing.

3. Click "Settings" to free select needed video/audio tracks.

Check the tracks you need and left others unchecked, thus you can get Multi-track MOV with your needed audio streams. Note there’s a mix into one track icon on the bottom, it will combine all your checked audio tracks into single one.

With this Pavtube iMixMXF program, you can also add some personal subtitles in it like this which makes the play backing much easier:

4. Click the red "Convert" to start to convert Canon XF105 multi-track MXF to ProRes 422 MOV.

After the conversion is finished, just run Premiere Pro CS6 and import the .mov files for editing. You will find the output video work perfectly on Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.


Pavtube also have a Mac MXF to FCP converter program for users that do not need to deal with multi-track video/audio files; only $29 is needed atm. Refer to here to quick look this MXF Converter for Mac.

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