Make Canon XC10 XF-AVC 4K MXF Compatible with FCP X/7/6 on Mac

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“Anyone know how to import Canon XF-AVC media into FCPX? ( latest version) . It is from the new Canon XC10, I’m at a loss and would welcome a solution – however obvious! It seems be in a MXF wrapper. Many thanks!”

“Having just bought the XC10 camera I’m now confused as to how to import / work with the Canon XF-AVC files in FCPX. I’ve downloaded the Canon XF Utility of XF-AVC but this does not seem to enable me to import or transcode the files for use in FCPX. Do I need to transcode the files using third party software?”

Designed to deliver stunning 4K and Full HD video. the Canon XC10 provides the innovative new features like the Canon XF-AVC codec for 4K and HD recording. Canon provides a piece of software called the Canon XF utility for importing XC10 XF-AVC files to Final Cut Pro. However, many XC10 users gave feedback that the utility is unavailable. So what’s the available workflow for working with Canon XC10 XF-AVC in Final Cut Pro X or FCP X/7/6?

Canon XC-10 uses XF-AVC movie recording format, employs the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, and stores shootings in an MXF wrapper. MXF is a “container” or “wrapper” format which supports a number of different streams of coded “essence”, encoded with any of a variety of codecs, together with a metadata wrapper which describes the material contained within the MXF file. MXF has been designed to address a number of problems with non-professional formats. Since XF-AVC MXF is not friendly with FCP, maybe transcoding XF-AVC MXF to FCP best supported ProRes is the most efficient way.

Today here we are going to seek a professional Mac MXF Converter to make the original MXF recordings to compatible codec for FCP. Made comparisons between third-party programs, UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac (review) fortunately can be the best MXF transcoding software to help us a lot. With the Mac app, you can not only convert Canon XF/Panasonic P2/Sony XDCAM MXF video to MOV, MPG, WMV, you also can batch convert MXF clips to ProRes 422 for FCP (X), AIC for iMovie/FCE, etc. with included Profiles.

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Converting Canon XC10 XF-AVC to ProRes for FCP X/7/6

Step 1. Import Canon XC10 MXF files

Install and launch the Mac MXF to ProRes converter, then click “Add Video” button to browse to a Canon XC10 .mxf clip and the software will add it to file list. Repeat the operation to load multiple .mxf videos.

Canon XC10 MXF to Final Cut Pro

Step 2. Select ProRes as the output format

Click “Profile” box to choose the output format. Click on the “Editing Software” and you will see options to convert your Canon XC10 MXF video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to Final Cut Pro after the conversion, have Final Cut Pro or ProRes be your selected output format.

Canon XC10 MXF to ProRes mov

Tips: If need, you can click “Settings” to freely change the video and audio settings. To keep the best quality for editing, you’d better keep your original settings. For example, if your resource file is 1080 29.97p or 59.94i, you’d better select the video size as 1920*1080 and frame rate as 29.97fps.

Step 3. Start Canon XC10 MXF to ProRes conversion

Finally, click “Convert” button and your Canon XC10 XF-AVC MXF files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into FCP X, FCP 7 or FCP 6.

You’re done. Now importing and editing Canon XC10 XF-AVC XF-AVC in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 is flawless.

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