Convert Canon XC10 4K MXF to ProRes for FCP 7/X

I’m trying to import some Canon XC10 4K .mxf files into FCP X. I’m not finding the proper protocol though. If I do a straight FCP X import I can go down through the folder hierarchy and find the actual .mxf file. I can ‘see’ the audio track, but the viewer screen is blank, and will not play. A little searching turns up the solution. Now I’d like to share the tips and tricks for editing Canon XC10 4K MXF in Final Cut Pro 7/X. Just read on to get something you want.

As we know, XC10 applies Canon’s new XF-AVC codec to record video files and package them in an .MXF wrapper. It achieves a high data compression rate although, this codec is difficult for video editing programs including Apple’s Final Cut Pro to recognize and support. Ultimately, the MXF files from Canon XC10 are not ideal for editing in FCP. What’s more, the old version FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format; it is impossible to import 4K MXF to FCP directly.

The realizable workaround to load Canon XC10 4K MXF into Final Cut Pro smoothly is to transcode XC10 MXF to ProRes. Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the best choice to get the work done. It lets you transcode 4K MXF to Apple ProRes, MPEG-2, Apple InterMediate Codec, DNxHD and more on Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite included). This is a smart tool specially designed for MXF users to preview and convert 4K, 1080p MXF recordings to your wanted video and audio formats, so as to smoothly add them into FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer to do further editing.

Full Guide: Encode Canon XC10 MXF to Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add MXF files to the converter

Launch MXF Converter for Mac, and click the “Add Files” button to load 4k or 1080p .mxf videos for converting.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing. Well, if you prefer to work with 4K video, you can adjust video size to get 4K ProRes for FCP.

Step 3: Start 4K MXF to ProRes conversion

Hit “Convert” button to let the 4K MXF to ProRes conversion begin.

When the conversion finished, check the generated ProRes video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. Now it would be easier for you to edit Canon XC10 4K MXF with Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7.

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