How can I work with Avid MXF files in Premiere Pro?

Got an Avid project with dnxhd-mxf and wanted to import it to Premiere Pro for further editing but came upon issues? No worry, this post will give a remedy for your problem.

Professional videographers often use different editing programs one across another to process post production. This requires the exported files to be compatible with each other. If not, you will need to use third party converter to do format conversion before editing. In our older posts, we have talked about how to convert Apple ProRes files to H.264 codec for Vegas, and how to transcode DNxHD MXF to ProRes for FCP 7, in this article here, we would continue talking about how to import an Avid project with DNxHD MXF into Premiere Pro.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter
DNxHD MXF to Premiere ConverterAvid MXF to Premiere Converter
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How to convert Avid exported MXF files for use in Adobe Premiere?

The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an Avid MXF to Premiere Pro Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add Video’ to import Avid MXF media to the program.
convert Avid DNxHD MXF to DNxHD MOV

Step 3: Select output format
* If you are on a Windows PC, from the format bar, choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
** If you are on a Mac computer, from the format bar, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
transcode Avid MXF to ProRes

You can also choose the WMV, MPEG-2, and MOV under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ column as output, but these three formats may cause lossy quality more or loss, so the DNxHD .MOV and Prores .MOV are recommended for lossless quality.
convert Avid MXF to Premiere

Step 4: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ panel pops up, on which you are able to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 5: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Avid MXF files to Premiere Pro supported QuickTime MOV format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Premiere for post production with optimal performance

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