Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF workflow in FCP X

Came upon issues working with Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF files in FCP X? If so, you may wish to read this post. It presents a workaround to transcode AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF content to ProRes for use in FCP X fluidly.
working with Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF in FCP X
How can I import Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF files to FCP X?
“Hi guys, I have some Panasonic P2 MXF files where I dragged over the card contents from Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 with the correct file structure and LAST CLIP file. I’m trying to import these MXF files into FCP X for further editing, but I’m unable to do that. Is there any option have in the FCPX, so that I can import it natively? Anyone have success with it? Let me know if you have any idea. Thanks.”

Panasonic’s AJ-HPX3100GJ P2 HD Camcorder is a compact 2/3″ ENG camera capable of recording full-raster 1920 x 1080 video in a variety of formats and frame rates. This camcorder lets you capture stunning master-quality footage using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling and up to 24-bit audio. Whether you’re shooting news, documentaries, TV series, commercials, or digital cinema, the camera’s quiver of professional features gives you the control, convenience and portability you need.

If for whatever reason you are having issues loading Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to FCP X, we would recommend transcoding P2 MXF to ProRes .mov format, FCP’X favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Here’s a quick guide telling you how to process format conversion with lossless quality.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
transcode AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to ProRes for FCP X

AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF and FCPX – transcode AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF footage to QuickTime .mov with ProRes codec for editing in FCP X

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
import Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF files to FCP X

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
loading Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to FCP X
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 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: Click ‘Convert’ to start AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF footage to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.

To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X, navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.

You’re now ready to edit!

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