Editing Canon XC10 4K Camcorder XF-AVC MXF video files in Final Cut Pro 7

If you are looking for a smooth workflow between Canon XC10 and Final Cut Pro 7, you are in the right place. This post presents an easy way of converting XC10 XF-AVC MXF files to ProRes codec for editing in FCP 7 natively.
Canon XC10 and Final Cut Pro 7
Canon has announced the XC10, a new camcorder with 4K internal video recording, which is aimed at beginners and semi-professionals who would want to upgrade to shooting 4K video without spending the big bucks for it.

The XC10 4K Camcorder is equipped with a 1-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, alongside a Digic DV 5 processor, 10x wide-angle zoom lens and optical image stabilization. This camera can shoot 4K video for both Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) and cinematic 4K (4,096 x 2,160) at up to 30 fps and 1080p video at up to 60 fps. The XC10 uses Canon’s new XF-AVC codec to record video files and package them in an .MXF wrapper. If you are having issues working with XC10 XF-AVC footage in FCP 7, you may have interest in the guide below. It will guide you through the process of transcoding XC100 MXF movies to ProRes codec for editing in FCP 7 with optimum performance.

[Guide] How to rewrap XC10 MXF video to ProRes for FCP 7?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
converting XC10 XF-AVC MXF files to ProRes codec for FCP 7

Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon XC10 to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
working with XC10 XF-AVC footage in FCP 7

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7
From the Format bar, 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 7 and its most recent version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 7/X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
transcoding XC100 MXF movies to ProRes codec for editing in FCP 7
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 Canon XC10 XF-AVC files to Apple ProRes conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.

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