Summary: In this guide, you will learn how to convert MXF files to ProRes/AIC MOV on Mac OS 10.8 so that you can smoothly import/edit Canon XF300 MXF files in Final Cut Pro (X), iMovie without any problem.
The XF300 feels a bit heavy, but it is no worse than Canon's tape-based pro models. The camcorder weighs roughly six and a half pounds fully loaded, which can put a burden on your arm during a long day of hand-held shooting. The camcorder does not have a shoulder mount design, but there are definitely plenty of shoulder-braces or various mounts that are available for the camcorder.
Canon has drivers and software on their site for the Lion OS, but nothing listed for Mountain Lion, leaving me to believe the drivers are not yet available or not necessary. When I try importing my footage directly from the camera in the File/Import/Media... screen, FCP X tells me: "No Importable Files", "None of the selected files or folders can be imported." So, can MXF files be imported directly into FCP X or not? If so, what am I missing?
Although Canon has drivers and software for these MXF camcorders on their site like Canon's FX plug-in, from what we're reading on other forums, Canon's FX plugin doesn't appear to work with Mountain Lion. So most XF300 users complained that there's no luck to input Canon XF300 MXF files to FCP X on Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.
Here is exactly the easy way to solve , namely, converting Canon XF300 MXF to MOV on Mac OS 10.8. If you are interested doing likewise, check out Pavtube's MXF to MOV Converter for Mac. The program is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for camcorder users. It is good at batch converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series cameras to ProRes/AIC MOV formats compatible with your Mac Video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro (x), Final Cut Express.
Guide- How to transcode Canon XF300 MXF to MOV (ProRes/AIC) on Mac OS Mountain Lion
If you have the same problems about editing Canon XF300/XF105/XF100 or C300 MXF Videos on Mac, you may follow the step-by-step guide.
Step 1. Free download and run the best Mac MXF Transcoder for FCP/FCE/iMovie, add MXF captured videos to the program. You can not only click "add video" button to import Canon mxf files, but also you can click "add from folder" button to add MXF folder.
Step 2. Select output profile. If you want to edit Canon XF300 MXF file in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X, suggest you choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*mov). And for editing in iMovie/FCE, you can choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*mov).
Some more helpful features of the batch MXF to MOV Converter for Mac:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate (from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
Step 3. Click Convert" button to start transcoding XF300 MXF files to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro or encoding MXF files to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE on Mac Mountain Lion.
So there you have it. Once the MXF to MOV Conversion is done, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to import/edit Canon XF300 MXF files in FCP/iMovie/FCE under Mac OS Mountain Lion without problems.
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