For a fast and fluid editing workflow, people sometimes need to process “transcoded editing”. In this post, we will guide you through the process of transcoding Canon EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF footage for editing in Avid, Premiere and Vegas with optimum performance.
How can I import C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files into AMC?
“I have an Avid MC and I am going to change my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 to a semi-professional Canon EOS C300 Mark II. I heard that the C300 Mark II will be added 4K XF-AVC MXF files recording capability. Is that true? If so, can I import the C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files into AMC for editing without an annoying message like “This type of **** file is not supported” popping up? Any clues?”
The EOS C300 Mark II uses Canon’s new XF-AVC codec that compresses the camera’s 4K image data at a high level of quality for internal recording using CFast 2.0 memory cards and stores the footage in an MXF wrapper. If for some reason you are unable to work with EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF in Avid, Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas smoothly, we would recommend that you convert them first. We mean that you will need to transcode EOS C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files to an intermediate editing codec that is fully compatible with your editing programs.
To process file conversion, third party software is required. If your concerns are ease of use and excellent output quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter. This app is not free of charge, but it is totally worth it.
How to convert C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF files for Avid, Premiere and Vegas?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional C300 Mark II 4K Converter for Avid/Premiere/Vegas. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Create editable file from C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF video for Avid MC
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 C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF video files 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.
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 C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC 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 C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC MXF video 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 C300 Mark II 4K XF-AVC 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.
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