How to Edit/Import Canon MXF Files to FCP X with Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV?

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Summary: This article is to help users who use Canon XF305/XF105/XF100/XF300/C300/C500 to recording MXF videos and wanna import to Final Cut Pro X on Mac for editing with perfect video/audio sync.

“Canon XF300. Mountain Lion 10.8.2. Final Cut Pro X

Many threads seem to point to needing a converter for these files before FCP X will read them. I’ve seen a thread or two more recently where someone suggests FCP X will import MXF files directly with no conversion needed. I would like that, but can’t seem to verify it works with my scenario. It sure doesn’t seem to for me. Canon has drivers and sofware on their site for the Lion OS, but nothing listed for Mountain Lion, leaving me to believe the drivers are not yet available or not necessary.

When I try importing my footage directly from the camera in the File/Import/Media… screen, FCP X tells me:
“No Importable Files”
“None of the selected files or folders can be imported.”

So, can MXF files be imported directly into FCP X or not? If so, what am I missing? iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)”

Canon MXF high-end camcorders, Canon C300, C500 and XF series, like XF305, XF100, XF105, XF300, are more and more popular for photographer, cameraman and other people thanks to its high quality videos. These excellent camcorders record high-definition video footages in .mxf format. It’s good to maintain the high quality of the video by using MXF format, but this format is not compatible with editing software and other portable devices.

For example, you may encounter many problems when you want to import MXF to Final Cut Pro X on Mac. To get those MXF files work normally in FCP X without rendering time, the best solution here is to encode MXF to something that FCP X can read easily.

After googling, we will get that Apple ProRes 422/4444 codec is the one that can be supported by FCP X. So you will need a professional MXF Converter for Mac to help you to convert Canon MXF files to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV for FCP X .

Here UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac is highly recommended as it is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for camcorder users. It is good at converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2, Canon XF series and Sony XDCAM camcorders to formats compatible with your video editing software like Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and more. Below is a brief guide for you.

Step-by-step guide: Convert Canon MXF files to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV for FCP X editing 

Step 1: Import Canon MXF files to the top MXF to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV Converter.

Launch the Canon MXF to FCP X Converter. Click the button “File” to add Canon MXF files to it or directly drag and drop the files your MXF files. If it is necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.

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Tips: If you have multiple Canon MXF files, you can select all MXF files and click “Merge” to merge the files into one single file for FCP X so that you can play these files without interruption.

Step 2: Select an output format for FCP X and set the output folder.

Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu. Move you pointer to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 video (*.mov) or HD video > HD MOV Video (*.mov). It is the compatible format for FCP X. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

Canon MXF to FCP X Converter

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

adjust audio and video parameters

Note 1
: You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in FCP X. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.

Note 2: You can customize the defaults and save them as custom conversion settings without affecting the original default selection.

Step 4: Start to convert Canon MXF files to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV for Final Cut Pro X.

Click the “Convert” button, it will convert Canon MXF files to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV for FCP X on Mac immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

When the MXF to Apple ProRes 422/4444 MOV conversion process is 100% completed, you will be able to get the output files for FCP X by clicking on “import” button effortlessly.

Now you can easily import Canon MXF files to FCP X for editing with high quality without any trouble. Just run Final Cut Pro X, follow File > Import > Files…

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