How can I edit AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro (X)?

How can I import and edit AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro (X) smoothly? This post introduces an easy and direct workaround to help you out. Read on to find the detailed steps required to transcode AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files to Apple ProRes for use in FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X maintaining original quality.
import and edit AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro (X)
Came upon issues working with Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF footage in FCP 6, FCP 7 or the most recent FCP X? For a quick and fluid Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 and FCP workflow, we would recommend rewrapping AJ-HPX2700 P2-media to FCP (X) compatible Apple ProRes MOV format first, and then you can easily import the P2 files into FCP (X) for video editing.

The Apple ProRes codecs are the best suited editing formats for using within Apple Final Cut Pro Version 6, 7, or FCP X, which maintain the highest quality and performance while requiring much less expensive editing and storage hardware compared to uncompressed video.

To process P2 MXF to Apple ProRes conversion, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac, a versatile transcoder that is able to convert Panasonic AG-HPX2700 P2 MXF files to whatever format you need for editing and playing. It comes with very easy to use menus and produces very good quality ProRes conversions as well as bulk processing so you could load it with files and leave it alone to do the job.

You can download a demo version to have a try. It is not free but it is totally worth it.
transcode AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files to Apple ProRes for use in FCP

Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF and FCP 6/7/X – how to transcode Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF files to ProRes 422 for FCP in a fast way?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
working with Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 MXF footage in FCP
Caution: The folder that you selected to import MXF files must have the complete file structure as it appears on the camera card, if not, you may have image only with audio lost. This is usually happened on P2 MXF files, because the video files and audio files are stored in two different folders.

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7/6/X
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 former version FCP 6 and the most recent version FCPX. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering. To create smaller files, transcode your source files to Apple ProRes 422 (LT).
Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 and FCP workflow
This app provides five ProRes options:

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;

Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.

Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

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 AJ-HPX2700 MXF files to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro version 6, 7 or FCP X with optimum performance.

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