Convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to ProRes 422/4444/LT for FCP 6/7

‘What plug-in do I need to install so I can import and edit .MXF video files in Final Cut. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn't work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.). So what does this situation exactly mean?’ In the following article, we are glad to introduce you some efficient ways to solve the problems when editing Sony PMW-500 MXF recordings in FCP 6/7 with ProRes 422/4444/LT

Notes: Final Cut Pro supported video formats we should know for a first step.

The PMW-500 is Sony Professional’s first XDCAM HD422 Camcorder with solid state recording. It supports full-HD 422 50-Mbps MXF record and playback based on highly developed MPEG-2 Long GOP compression technology. So it would be not strange that it will be hard to directly to import Sony PMW-500 MXF to FCP 6/7. What’s more, they are also not available for Premiere ProSony Vegas or Avid, etc.

To smoothly import Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF in Final Cut Pro 6/7 for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode MXF to Apple ProRes encoded MOV format, which is natively supported by Final Cut. Along with some help from a professional Mac MXF to MOV Converter. it can be done. Via Google and compared with others, we found the PavtubeVideo Converter for Mac can be the best choice! More details you can read the related review.

Here is the step-by-step we need to learn to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to ProRes 422/4444/LT for editing in FCP 6/7.
Step 1. Run the MXF to FCP converter and open the main interface o your computer, we can directly drop the files in or with another way, ‘Add video’ or Add from folder’ can both be the available importing ones.

Step 2.Select the suitable ones as your favorite. click the “Format” option, choose the Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 video (*.mov). And navigate to the Final Cut Pro group, you will notice that there are profiles with Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy), etc.

Step 3. (Optional) Merge Sony PMW-500 MXF files and Choose video size as original. Select all the files in the filelist, then click the Merge the Files, and the Mac Sony PMW 500 1920×1080 MXF converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

As soon as you have finished the preparation job, it’s time to go back to the main interface to hit the ‘Convert’ to start you version work. From Sony PMW-500 MXF to FCP supported ProRes codec, you won’t wait for a long time. After transferring files to FCP, we are glad to enjoy ourselves! 

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