Monday, August 4, 2014

Re-encode Canon XF205 MXF to iMovie for editing and importing on Mac

Want to edit Canon XF205 MXF video in iMovie? Here we'll show you how to convert and import XF205 MXF to iMovie for smooth editing.

I am a professional musician. My work required me to rent a Canon XF205 camcorder for a music video project to edit in iMovie. But frustratingly, iMovie 11 can’t ingest the MXF at all. Any solution can suggest?

From above words of one XF205 camcorder user,  what’s a pity that these professional camcorders Canon XF205 record footage in MXF format cannot be recognized by iMovie on mac, even the latest version iMovie 11. So, how to import Canon XF205 MXF files to iMovie for editing with output video quality loseeless? Here we’d like to share the solution of importing Canon XF205 MXF to iMovie.

Our Best Answer

By using a third party MXF to iMovie Converter, you can easily make Canon XF205 footage  editable in iMovie including the later version iMovie 11. If you are looking for a fast, independent software application for converting MXF to iMovie supported MOV or to a variety of other formats, the Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is what you need. And this program is fully compatible with the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Download it and have a try.

Re-encode Canon 205 MXF to AIC for use in iMovie

Step 1: Run Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac as the best MXF to iMovie Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add Video’ to import your source files to the program.

mxf to imovie converter

Step 2: Select "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best editing format for iMovie.

imovie best format

Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)

If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Canon 205 MXF footage to AIC conversion for iMovie.

Step 5: When the conversion complete, click ‘Open’ to get generated files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.


1. If you want to do some editing like trim a certain MXF segment file to smaller ones, get rid of black edges of source file, add video effects, etc. this MXF Converter for Mac will be do these.

2. If your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, here is a new program specially designed for multi-track preserving and mixing features, named iMixMXF. Featured formats include: MOV/MP4/MPG/WMV/FLV/MKV and more.

3. You can also learn how to convert Canon MXF video in FCP and edit Canon MXF in Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle.

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