Get MXF Videos off Canon XF305 to Mac Final Cut Pro (6/7/X) for smoothly editing

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Summary: Do you have difficulty in importing  Canon XF305 MXF media files to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing? The easy workaround is to transcode mts to ProRes codec with a professional MXF converter Mac. Below is how.

Q: “I have a load of footage shot on Canon XF305 – as far as I know Canon XF utility was not used to capture from CF cards on location, the files were simply copied into folders straight from the cards. Adobe Premiere seems to recognise the MXFs but not FCP 7. All I have is a number of user named folders (dated) containing numbered clip folders (e.g. AA0123), INDEX.MIF file and a JOURNAL folder (empty).

Inside the clip folders are four files, and to give you an example;
AA012301.MXF
AA0123.CIF
AA012301.SIF
AA0123.XML

XML details;
CANON263049900009XF3051.0.0.0

Can anyone help me figure out how to get these clips into FCP7, without loss of quality – have already installed XF plugin from Canon’s website and it doesn’t seem to work.”

Canon XF305 is one of the successful camcorder in the XF series camcorders, it record vivid HD videos in MPEG-2 compression with MXF as format. With the stunning features, you can record the special moments and keep the memory forever. Some Canon XF305 users would like to further edit Canon MXF video with editing software like Final Cut Pro to make it much more perfect. But there is a pity that when some users importing the Canon XF305 MXF to FCP, they met some troubles as MXF is not an ideal editing format.

Here we recommend UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac. It supports transcoding all Canon XF305 MXF files to Apple ProRes, so that you can easily import the MXF raw footage to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6/7 for editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Besides, more output formats like AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc are also supported. If you just have the problem about editing Canon XF305 MXF videos in Final Cut Pro, download the Mac MXF Converter and check out the brief guide below.

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Step 1: Install and launch Mac Canon MXF Converter on your iMac, MacBook. Transfer your footage from your Canon XF305 to the software.

Convert Canon MXF to Mac

Step 2: Click “format” bar to choose the output format. Click and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as Final Cut Pro compatible codec for editing Canon XF305 MXF files in FCP smoothly.

Choose ProRes MOV as output format

Note: To have a smooth playback and editing after conversion, for FCP 6, you can only choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ); while, for FCP 7 and FCP X, Pro Res 422(LT)/Pro Res 444/Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all supported.

Step 3: Click the Arrow button on the main interface to start converting Canon MXF footages to ProRes for editing in FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac OS X.

Additional Tips
If you want to edit Canon MXF files in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step; For Canon MXF to Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Canon MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

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