If you experience any problems editing Panasonic AG-HPX610 P2 MXF footage in FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to transcode Panasonic AG-HPX610 MXF files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X flawlessly.
How can I work with AG-HPX610 P2 MXF files in FCP X smoothly?
“Hello, I use Panasonic AG-HPX610 with FCP X on my Mac Pro running OS X Mavericks (10.9.1). Unfortunately, it seems that the import plug-in provided by Panasonic for FCP X is not very good. How can I expect a fluid workflow between AG-HPX610 P2 footage and FCP X? Please advice. Thanks!”
The AG-HPX610 is a replacement to Panasonic’s AG-HPX600 camera. It is a P2 HD camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording and a low weight. The AG-HPX610 supports AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV as standard. It is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use.
If for some reason you came upon issues editing AG-HPX610 P2 MXF files in FCP X, we would recommend converting AG-HPX610 recordings to ProRes 422 codec, FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode AG-HPX610 P2 MXF files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
How to encode Panasonic AG-HPX610 P2 MXF to ProRes for FCP X?
Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic AG-HPX610 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
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 and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7. When loading them into FCP X/6/7, 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 Panasonic AG-HPX610 P2 MXF video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.
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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