Question: I have some P2 MXF files from a normal Panasonic AG-HPX500 and want convert them into any format that FCP, iMovie of FCE 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 Panasonic AG-HPX500 is a 2/3″ CCD high definition camcorder designed for use with the P2 memory-based recording system. The camera truly shines in a wide variety of applications previously only possible on the highest-end Varicam. The unit is lightweight enough to take almost anywhere while still conforming to the shoulder-mounted form factor professionals require. Four P2 slots allow for up to 256 minutes of continuous recording.
Unlike similar priced camcorders, the AG-HPX500 can shoot a variety of standard definition and high definition resolutions, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. All footage is recorded to the industry-standard DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD formats. But so many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Panasonic AG-HPX500 MXF footage into FCP/iMovie/FCE. The basic reason is that P2 MXF is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro, iMovie and Final Cut Express.
Here is the easy way to fix it, namely, converting Panasonic AG-HPX500 AVC-Intra MXF to AIC MOV or ProRes MOV on Mac (including the recent Mavericks). If you are interested doing likewise, check out UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac, the best P2 MXF to MOV Converter. which features with batch processing and joining of multiple p2 mxf videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as you can control the content for conversion.
Guide on how to convert Panasonic AG-HPX500 MXF files to AIC/ProRes for iMovie/FCE/FCP on Mac Mavericks
Step 1. Run UFUSoft Mac MXF Converter for FCP/FCE/iMovie, click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button to load your source P2 MXF clips or drag and drop the Panasonic AG-HPX500 MXF files to the converter. You are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.
Step 2. Click “format” bar to choose output format. Move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov) as output format, it’s the best format for editing Panasonic AG-HPX500 P2 MXF in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, For editing P2 MXF in iMovie/FCE, please select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov).
Step 3. Adjust video and audio parameters. (Optional)
To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video resolution.
Step 4. When above steps finished, you can click “Convert” button to start to transcode Panasonic AG-HPX500 P2 MXF to ProRes 422 HQ MOV for Final Cut Pro/iMovie/FCE with a super fast speed.
After conversion, you can perfectly use Panasonic AG-HPX500 P2 AVC-Intra MXF files on Mac in FCP 6/7/X, iMovie or FCE 4 with best video and audio quality as you want.