If you are looking for a quick and fluid workflow for Canon EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC files and FCP 7, you may wish to read this post. It displays a quick guide regarding converting EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF footage to ProRes for use in Final Cut with optimum performance.
Canon has recently announced the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema EOS camera, updating its predecessor with a new 8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm Cinema CMOS Sensor, new Dual DIGIC DV 5 Processors and a new Canon XF-AVC Codec that allows 10-bit 4:2:2 4K image data to be recorded internally, and an expanded dynamic range of up to 15 stops.
The EOS C300 Mark II uses Canon’s new XF-AVC codec that compresses the camera’s 4K image data at a high level of quality for internal recording using CFast 2.0 memory cards and stores the footage in an MXF wrapper. If for some reason you are unable to work with EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF in FCP 7 smoothly, we would recommend that you convert them first. We mean that you will need to transcode EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files to an intermediate editing codec that is fully compatible with FCP 7, such as Apple ProRes.
To process file conversion, third party software is required. If your concerns are ease of use and excellent output quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac. This app is not free of charge, but it is totally worth it.
A quick guide on how to rewrap EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF video for FCP 7 editing via ProRes codec
Follow these steps:
Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional C300 Mark II XF-AVC 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 7
From the Format bar, 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 7 and its most recent version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 7/X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
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 C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files to Apple ProRes conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.
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