Having incompatibility issues working with Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2 MXF footage in FCP X/7? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode AG-HPX170 P2 MXF files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X/7 smoothly without a hassle.
If you are searching for a modestly priced HD camcorder that had the same manual features you have grown accustomed to on your DSLR, you will be delighted to find the Panasonic AG-HPX170, as it provides a well organized set of controls at a price point much lower than that of similar cameras in its class. The AG-HPX170 comes with easy-to-change record settings. It records in about 20 different modes, everything from HD 1080i-60i to DVC Pro 50 to plain DV. The HPX170 does have two P2 card slots, so you could have two 64GB cards (128GB), which would record for over two hours in HD.
However, working with P2 MXF footage in FCP 7/X could be tedious and time-consuming in many situations. The best case scenario is to have the flexibility and efficiency of working with a professional and edit-friendly codec such as ProRes and to benefit from that codec at the same time. Here’s a quick guide talking about how to convert HPX170 P2 MXF files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP7/X with lossless quality.
HD Video Converter for Mac
A quick guide on how to transcode Panasonic HPX170 P2 MXF files to ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X
1. Start up MXF Converter for Mac as a professional P2 MXF Converter for FCP, and then click ‘Add Video’ button to import your source files.
2. Select ProRes as output format for FCP 7/X
Navigate to ‘Profile’ list and select ‘Final Cut Pro’ > ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as the best compatible video format for Final Cut Pro.
3. Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button to modify video and audio settings like bitrate, video resolution, frame rate, audio channels, sample rate, etc. 3D effect is also available.
4. Start HPX170 P2 MXF to ProRes 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 generated ProRes files for use in FCP 7/X with optimum performance.
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