Couldn’t work well with Canon MXF footage in Final Cut Pro version 7 or X via installing Canon XF Plugin? If so, this thread may give you a clue. It explains a workaround to transcode Canon MXF files to Apple ProRes codec for editing in FCP 7/X smoothly without any hassles.
How to import Canon XF300 MXF files to FCP X on OS X El Capitan v10.11?
“Hi, all, I’m shooting with Canon XF300 and editing with FCP X. Recently I’ve updated to OS X El Capitan 10.11, which brought me issues importing XF300 MXF footage to FCP X. Canon has drivers and software on their site for the OS X El Capitan v10.11, but nothing listed for OS X El Capitan 10.11, 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 Canon XF300 MXF files be imported directly into FCP X or not on OS X El Capitan platform? If not, what should I do to go about this?
iMac, OS X El Capitan (10.11)”
Normally, FCP X/FCP 7 will import Canon MXF files directly with no conversion needed as long as you install the proper Canon XF plugin. If the plugin can’t work with your scenario, we would recommend transcoding Canon MXF clips to ProRes codec for a fast and smooth workflow. You will need a converter for these Canon MXF files before FCP will read them. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode Canon MXF footage to FCP preferred ProRes codec.
[Guide] How to transcode Canon MXF files to ProRes for FCP X/7 editing?
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon MXF to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X/7
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X/7. When loading them into Final Cut Pro X/7, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering. To produce smaller files, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov) as target format.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Canon MXF video files to ProRes conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X/7 with optimum performance.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro 7, simply navigate to File > Import > Files and select the converted clips. Alternately you can simply drag and drop the files into your “Bin.” Note that this process using Compresor replaces the need to “Log and Transfer” as you would with typical camcorders.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X. navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.
You’re now ready to edit!
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