If you are seeking a way to import Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files to FCP 7/6/X for editing much more smoothly, this article is worth reading. It guides you through the process of transcoding Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to Apple ProRes for well working with FCP version 6, 7 and FCP X.
I’m looking for a secure and reliable Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP ProRes Converter
”Hi, all, would you do me a favor please? I shoot with a Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD Camcorder, it stores video files in MXF recording format. I know if I want to edit PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files in FCP 7, I need to install Sony XDCAM plugin for FCP. The thing is that I could not install the XDCAM plug-in so the Tech support guys of Sony suggested me to transcode PMW-200 XDCAM footage to Apple ProRes for working with FCP 7. Can anyone recommend a secure and reliable converter utility to do Sony XDCAM MXF to ProRes Conversion without quality loss, or with quality loss as least as possible? Thanks in advance.”
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of MXF Converters out there that claimed to have ability to handle MXF files well. But most of them have problems one or another. If you don’t want to lose much quality and face video and audio out of sync issues, you can give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. It works well as a Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP Converter.
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How to transcode PMW-200 MXF files to Apple ProRes for FCP using Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP Converter?
To process PMW-200 MXF to QuickTime Conversion on Mac, follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for FCP 7. The ProRes is able workable in the former version FCP 6 and the later version FCP X.
This Mac Sony PMW-200 MXF format 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 requirement 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.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings （for advanced users）
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.
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