Is Canon XF100 (MXF) compatible with Avid MC, Premiere Pro and iMovie/FCE?

Summary: What to do if Canon XF100 MXF files not reading in Avid MC, Adobe Premiere and iMovie/FCE? By converting Canon XF100 MXF footage to a format that is well supported by your NLEs, you will be able to edit MXF files smoothly. This guide presents how to do it.

canon xf100User Question
“Hi, guys, I have some wonderful underwater footage shot on my Canon XF100 camera, they are about whales and stored in MXF wrapper. What I want to do is, import and edit the XF100 MXF video clips in iMovie’11. But there’s no go, iMovie seems not working with Canon XF100 at all. Can anyone help me how to do that? If format conversion process is required, does anyone know the easiest way to convert MXF files for editing within iMovie? I could not find anything useful in the net. Thanks in advance…”

Our Quick Answer
By using HD Video Converter, you are able to transcode Canon XF100 MXF footage for smoothly editing within iMovie, FCE, Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. It creates optimal editing format for your NLEs and comes with both Windows version and Mac version. Best of all, free trials are provided for users to see if it is able to meet your demands.
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Canon XF100 (MXF) to Avid MC, Premiere Pro and iMovie/FCE

To be able to edit Canon XF100 MXF files in Avid MC, Premiere Pro and iMovie/FCE, you will need to convert XF100 MXF to DNxHD for Avid, encode XF100 MXF to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, as well as transcode Canon XF100 MXF to AIC for iMovie and Final Cut Express using HD Video Converter. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter as a Canon XF100 MXF Converter. In the main interface, click ‘Add File’ button to load your MXF video files.

Step 2: Choose output format for NLEs
In order to convert Canon XF100 MXF for Avid MC, from the ‘Format’ bar, choose ‘Avid Media Composer’ > ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format.

To be able to encode Canon XF100 MXF files for using in Adobe Premiere Pro, select ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ > ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’ as output format.

For the purpose of transcoding XF100 MXF clips for editing within iMovie and FCE, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (*.MOV)’ as target format.
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.

If necessary, you can tick off ‘Merge into one file’ to join selected mxf clips, or you can click ‘Settings’ button to custom video and audio settings like video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, audio bit rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: When ready, click the big button ‘Convert’ to start encoding Canon XF100 MXF clips for using with Avid MC, Adobe Premiere and iMovie/FCE.

Step 4: When the conversion finished, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated files for using with your NLE applications.

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