Tips for working with MXF footage in Edius smoothly

How can I import and edit MXF footage in Edius? If you are having issues ingesting MXF to Edius for further editing, you may check this post to learn tricks and tips for working with MXF video clips in Edius smoothly.

Issues importing Sony MXF into Edius 6
“Hey all, I’ve been trying to import some Sony MXF files that have the video and audio already paired together, but I constantly receive errors no matter what I do. I’ve tried using the transfer software to copy the files directly from the hard drive into the project bin, but the Sony transfer software isn’t internally compatible with Edius (unlike XDCAM EX). Importing via the XML files also leads to an error. Any ideas?”
import and edit MXF footage in Edius

If for whatever reason you can not use MXF files in Edius correctly, we would recommend transcoding MXF footage to an intermediate format that is suitable for editing in Edius, such as DNxHD, WMV, etc. This requires third party converter software like HD Video Converter. Read on to find a short tutorial on how to convert MXF for use in Edius fluidly without a hassle.

[Guide] How to encode MXF for Edius editing?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (for both PC and Mac)
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The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter as a professional MXF to EDIUS Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to import your source files.
MXF to EDIUS Converter

Step 2: Select output format for EDIUS
This converter provides a wide variety of formats as output. You can select a format that is natively supported by EDIUS as target, such as ‘WMV’ and ‘MOV’ under ‘HD Video’ column and ‘DNxHD .mov’ under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.

Convert MXF to HD WMV for EDIUS
encode MXF for Edius editing

Transcode MXF footage to DNxHD .mov for EDIUS
convert MXF to HD WMV for EDIUS

Step 3: Modify video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start file conversion. As soon as the conversion finished, you can click ‘Open Folder’ to get the exported files for working in EDIUS easily and directly.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shutdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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