Summary: This post is mainly talking about how to convert Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF footage to MOV format for editing in Avid, Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas swimmingly.
The mainstream non-linear editing programs like Avid, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas and FCP can ingest Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 MXF footage easily as long as the entire P2 folder structure maintained. For example, Avid’s system uses the same native file format as Panasonic P2 memory cards, so there’s no need for any transcoding process at all. You can edit footage captured with the Panasonic HVX200 camera directly and immediately from the P2 cards if you like. However, if for some reason your editing process is not stable and reliable as expected, you will need to perform file conversion before importing the footage to your editing program. This requires third party converter like HD Video Converter. In this article, we would like to explain how to convert AG-HVX200 P2 MXF files for use in Avid, Premiere and Vegas smoothly preserving original quality of the .mxf file.
How to convert Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files to MOV for Avid, Premiere and Vegas
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Convert Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF to DNxHD for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
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.
2) Convert Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
3) Transcode Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
This method is also available when you want to edit Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
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: Start Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF files to MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MOV files for use in Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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