This post introduces an easy and direct way to import Canon XF105 MXF footage to Premiere/Vegas. You can simply follow it to learn a fast and fluid Canon XF105 workflow with Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas.
Problem working with Canon XF105 MXF files in Premiere Pro CS6
“Hi, there, I’m here asking for help. One of my client delivered me about 20GB MXF clips shot on a Canon XF105 camera via a removable hard disk drive. The real frustration with my issue is that he didn’t maintain the entire folder structure as that on the CF card, so it’s impossible to import the XF105 MXF files to Premiere Pro CS6 for post-production. I know Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 supports natively editing Canon XF MPEG-2 codec with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, but without the entire folder structure, it’s a no-go. Does that mean I have to transcode or rewrap the XF305 footage into an intermediate codec, so I can start working with them as soon as I’ve imported it into my project? If so, what’s the best app to do this? I don’t want to loose too much quality. Please advice. Thanks in advance.”
If for some reason you can not use Canon XF105 MXF footage in Premiere or Vegas directly, we would recommend using HD Video Converter to rewrap the XF105 MXF clips to a format that is suitable for editing in your NLEs. With this converter app, you can maintain the pristine quality of your source footage throughout the production workflow.
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How to convert Canon XF105 MXF files to MOV for Premiere and Vegas?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Canon XF105 MXF Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Convert Canon XF105 MXF to DNxHD for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
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.
2) Convert XF105 MXF files to ProRes for Premiere
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
3) Transcode Canon XF105 MXF video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
This method is also available when you want to edit Canon XF105 MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
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: Start Canon XF105 MXF files to MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MOV files for use in Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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