Canon XF300/305 workflow with Avid – rewrap Canon MXF to DNxHD

Summary: What to do if Avid AMA Plugin for Canon XF300/305 didn’t work for you? For that you need to use external options, like a Canon MXF to Avid Converter to do format conversion before you start. To make things easier, this post displays the detailed steps required to link Canon XF300/305 MXF to Avid without plugin.

canon xf300 and xf305Can anyone recommend a helpful Canon MXF Converter for Avid Mac version?
“Hi, everyone, I’m hoping for your help. I could not install the Avid AMA Plugin for Canon XF300 so I have to convert XF300 MXF media to QuickTime for use with Avid MC 5.5 on an old iMac. Actually, I have other converters, but they did not convert the footage as I wanted. So I’m wondering if you can recommend a helpful Canon MXF Converter for Avid that is able to transcode XF300 MXF clips to MOV for editing in Avid Media Composer version 5.5 without quality loss. The converted MXF files will be edited in Avid systems to produce videos non-profit but for social, educational and religions. Any thoughts? Thanks a lot for your help.”

Yes, it’s correct to re-encode Canon XF300/305 MXF to QuickTime for editing in Avid. Since DNxHD .mov is Avid’s most friendly editing codec, we would recommend that you use Video Converter for Mac to convert XF300/305 MXF files to DNxHD mov for Avid, so that you can expect optimum performance while using them in Avid apps.

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Canon XF300/305 workflow with Avid – rewrap Canon XF300/305 footage to DNxHD mov for use in Avid systems

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a Canon MXF Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Canon XF300/305 workflow with Avid

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
convert XF300/305 MXF files to DNxHD mov for Avid
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
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 Canon XF300/305 MXF to DNxHD 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 DNxHD MOV files for use with Avid apps.

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