Work with MXF files in Avid on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Run into troubles using MXF footage in Avid on Mac Yosemite? No worry, this post gives an easy and direct workaround to help you out.

Apple has released version 10.10 of Mac OS X, titled Yosemite. Whenever a new operating system is released, a few incompatibility issues may arise between the software and hardware you rely on every day and the new OS. In this post, we would like to provide a solution for people who are having issues working with MXF files in Avid on Yosemite.

Actually, Avid Media Composer Software v8.2 is supported on Yosemite. But you will see this warning as well – “Avid has observed reduced performance with operations like render, transcode, and playback on higher core count systems on Yosemite.”

A typical user problem regarding editing MXF video in Avid on Yosemite
“I regret that I upgraded to Yosemite which has resulted in a number of issues including computer crashes on my Macbook Pro while editing MXF recordings taken with Canon C300 in Avid MC8 and slower performance in Safari.”

In order to avoid any problems that may arise when you use MXF files in Avid on the newest Mac OS Yosemite, we recommend you proceed “transcoded editing”. That means you convert MXF files to a format that is best suited for editing in Avid, like DNxHD, and then you can use them in your editing app smoothly without a glitch. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode MXF video to DNxHD for editing in Avid on Yosemite.

[Guide] How to rewrap MXF files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

First of all, download a trial version of HD Video Converter, it has both Mac and Windows versions.
working with MXF files in Avid on Yosemiteediting MXF video in Avid on Yosemite

Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter for Mac as an MXF to Avid Converter for Yosemite. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
rewrap MXF files to DNxHD for Avid on Mac OS X Yosemite

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
transcode MXF video to DNxHD for editing in Avid on Yosemite
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: Custom 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 MXF to MOV Conversion on Yosemite with DNxHD codec
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use with Avid apps.

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