Edit Canon XF305 on Mac: Import Canon XF305 MXF to FCP/iMovie/FCE

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Summary: This article mainly teaches you how to easily convert and import Canon XF305 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro (X/7/6), iMovie and FCE for further editing on Mac OS X (Mavericks included).

The Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder features 1920 x 1080 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards for unsurpassed image quality and efficient, robust workflow at an affordable price. It is ideally suited to match the requirements of electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews, independent filmmakers, documentary producers, event videographers and military agencies. When you got a Canon XF305 and captured a lot of HD videos with it, what you will do next? Most of us would like to make some editing with MXF footage from Canon XF305, but problems came up. While importing video footage from Canon XF305 to Final Cut Pro, iMovie or FCE, there are many video, audio issues.

The reason why we found that it is difficult to play and edit the Canon XF305 MXF videos within FCP, iMovie or FCE on Mac is due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to transfer Canon XF305 footage to Final Cut Pro, iMovie and FCE without problems, the easy workaround is to convert Canon XF305 footage to the certain format which is compatible with your editing systems, such as Apple ProRes for FCP, Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE. Here UFUSoft MXF Converter Mac is what you need to convert and re-wrap Canon MXF to FCP X/7/6, iMovie 11/9/8 and FCE 4 editable file format. It features optimal format presets for these editing apps, resulting files with great image and sound quality without audio delay issues.

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How to Make Canon XF305 MXF footage compatible with FCP/iMovie/FCE

Step 1: Launch the Canon MXF Converter for Mac, and you may either click “Add” button to import .MXF files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.

Convert Canon MXF to Mac

Step 2: Click the format bar or the pull down menu of “Format” to select output format:

a. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for FCP.

b. Select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for working MTS with iMovie/FCE.

Choose ProRes MOV as output format

P.S. You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

Step 3: Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Canon XF305 MXF to FCP/iMovie/FCE friendly format on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion, you can transfer the converted Canon XF305 videos to Mac for further editing with FCP, FCE, iMovie with smooth workflow.

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