FCP 7 and MXF workflow-import MXF files to FCP 7

Failed to import MXF files into Final Cut Pro 7 for further editing? No worry, this post displays a workaround to transcode MXF footage to Apple ProRes codec for use in FCP 7 with optimum performance.
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Can’t import .MXF files into FCP7
“I have several .MXF files copied from a Sony XDCAM camera. I’m trying to import these MXF files into FCP7. I downloaded the plug-in from Sony’s website, and installed it, but Log & Transfer does not allow me to import the .MXF files. What should I do? Please help.”

To be able to work with MXF files in FCP 7, please make sure you have the full card structure, and not just the MXF clips. You can work with XDCAM within FCP 7 via installing Sony XDCAM TRANSFER UTILITY but it’s a pain. If you’ve got the time and drive space, we would recommend converting MXF files to ProRes for use in FCP 7. ProRes is much easier for FCP 7 to handle. It renders much faster, and exports much faster. Here’s how.

How to transcode MXF files to ProRes for FCP 7 editing?

Software requirement
HD Converter for Mac
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1. When converting MXF footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates (e.g. Apple ProRes), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Converting MXF to Apple ProRes MOV for opening in Final Cut Pro 7

Step 1: Install this MXF to FCP 7 Converter software on your computer, launch it and click ‘Add File’ to ingest your source media from your camera or from an achieved folder.
Caution: The folder that you selected to import MXF files must have the complete file structure as it appears on the camera card, if not, you may have image only with audio lost. This is usually happened on P2 MXF files, because the video files and audio files are stored in two different folders.
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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 code for FCP 6, 7 and FCP X. When loading them into FCP, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
 transcode MXF footage to Apple ProRes
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: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.

Step 4: Start transcoding MXF file to QuickTime ProRes for FCP 7
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to transcode MXF files to Apple ProRes for using with FCP 7. MXF files are always HD content, so the conversion process may costs a little longer time. In this situation, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate exported ProRes files
As soon as the conversion process finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated Apple ProRes files. Now you are able to open them in Final Cut for further editing without any import issues.

Also read:
Why Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 can’t import MXF video files?
How can I import MXF footage into Avid Media Composer?
Convert P2 MXF to ProRes for FCP 6/7/X without losing sound
MXF and Vegas – How can I edit MXF video files in Sony Vegas?