Summary: Cannot import Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF footage to FCP 6/7/X for post production? Is there a P2 MXF plug-in or a reliable conversion program that will actually work? If you are looking for a way to make FCP (X) work with HVX200 MXF files, this post may shed you some lights on this. It introduces a workaround to transcode HVX200 P2 MXF videos to Apple ProRes for editing in FCP 7/6/X beautifully.
I could not get FCP 7 to recognize my Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files
“For some years I have been shooting with a Canon AVCHD camcorder. Last week, my company changed a brand new Panasonic HVX200 camcorder for me but it brought me a big trouble. The Panasonic HVX200 camcorder records footage on a Panasonic P2 card, with file extension .MXF, which is a format I haven’t used before. I tried to edit HVX200 P2 MXF files in FCP 7, unfortunately, there was no go. FCP 7 seemed not to recognize the HVX200 MXF files at all. I’ve tried a lot of times, but failed at the end. Also, I could not find any plug-in to help import Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files to FCP. What a frustrated thing it is! So I was wondering if I need to convert HVX200 P2 MXF to a format that is acceptable by FCP 7, like Apple ProRes 422 or something similar. If so, would you please kindly recommend a Converter Program to do so? I don’t want to degrade quality significantly and hope it will convert as fast as possible. Any ideas? Thanks for your help in advance.”
If you have import issues while loading P2 MXF from Panasonic HVX200 to FCP (X), we would suggest that you transcode HVX200 MXF to Apple ProRes, FCP’s favorite editing codec before start. To do format conversion, third party converter software is required. If your concerns are fast conversion speed and lossless quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac, which works excellently as a HVX200 P2 MXF to FCP Converter. In addition to handling P2 MXF files, this converter program is also able to convert AVCHD (.MTS, .M2TS), MKV, MOV, AVI, XDCAM MXF, XAVC, XAVC-S, GXF, VRO, TiVo files and more to almost whatever formats you need in high quality with fast speed.
Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF to FCP (X) – re-encode HVX200 P2 MXF to Apple ProRes for use in FCP 7/6/X
As we mentioned above, to be able to get FCP (X) to recognize HVX200 P2 MXF as import, you will need to convert HVX200 P2 MXF to ProRes previously using HD Video Converter for Mac. To process P2 MXF to FCP transcoding, follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as the best HVX200 P2 MXF to FCP Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to import your source P2 files to the program.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for FCP X or its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
This Mac P2 MXF to QuickTime Converter program offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your request in post production.
Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
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 to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF footage to ProRes conversion for Final Cut Pro
Step 5: When the conversion complete, click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.