How to import Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF to iMovie/FCE?

Summary: Encountered issues while importing Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF recordings to iMovie/FCE for further editing? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to make Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF footage full compatible with iMovie/FCE.

I needed a program to convert Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 MXF footage to AIC for FCE
“Hey, guys, does anyone know a good Panasonic P2 MXF converter for FCE? I have some video recordings taken with a Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 camera which I want to import to FCE for further editing. The thing is that FCE only works in DV and the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) format, and any other file type has to be rendered in the FCE timeline into one of these two formats, so I need a program to transcode AG-HPX300 P2 .mxf files to AIC before I start editing. After Googling, I got a lot of converter options, I tried a few of them, but none of them would do what I wanted, they have problems one or another. I don’t want to waste much more time on trying those converters, so would you please recommend a good P2 MXF to AIC Converter if you know. I really appreciate any feedback. Thanks a lot.”

If you are looking for a good converter to convert P2 MXF footage shot on a Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 for editing in Apple FCE or iMovie with lossless quality, you may give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. It features optimal AIC preset for FCE and iMovie, being able to process P2 MXF to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac without quality loss and video/audio out of sync issues.

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P2 MXF to iMovie/FCE Converter

Read before try
Unlike Canon XF card stores video and audio files together in the same folder, the P2 stores video files in ‘VIDEO’ folder and audio files in ‘AUDIO’ folder separately. That’s why people sometimes have audio files lost when handling P2 videos. Please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder’s P2 card.
Panasonic P2 MXF converter for FCE

P2 folder structure

How to convert Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF to MOV with AIC codec for working with iMovie/FCE?

To do this:
transcode AG-HPX300 P2 .mxf files to AIC

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional P2 MXF to iMovie/FCE Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie and FCE
For the purpose of converting Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF for use in iMovie or FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
P2 MXF to AIC Converter
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 (Optional)
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 Panasonic AG-HPX300/370 P2 MXF to MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie or FCE with optimum performance.

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