The one thing that’s stopped me using Final Cut Pro more has been that it couldn’t handle the MXF files natively. There were plugins available that would import and transcode/re-wrap the Canon footage into more Apple friendly Pro Res files but it seems much rending time and you may encounter many problems as below.
“I am trying to work on a project and want to ingested some MXF clips that are on our Mac into FCP. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn’t work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.). Through I have done some searches on Google and figured out that I need to install Canon XF Utilities which I did but still my FCP won’t recognize these files. So what’s the problem is? “
Here is a best and easy way to load .mxf files to FCP without plug-in and now everything becomes easy.
The top MXF to FCP converter from Pavtube can help you, it works well in using MXF in Final Cut Pro easily by converting MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV format, which is best for FCP editing. And you don’t always need to use Log and Transfer function in FCP, just need to load it directly.
The guide below shares with you the way converting MXF videos to Apple ProRes 422 encoded MOV files, so as to import the MXF footage to Final Cut Pro for editing.
Before converting MXF video, you need to put MXF file structure to Mac HDD, because MXF systems produce split-file A/V (that is, the video and audio stored in separate files). You also need a Mac oriented MXF Converter tool that features ProRes 422 encoder.
Step1. Download and run the Mac MXF to Prores converter. Import MXF video clip to MXF converter.
Step2.Select Apple ProRes 422 MOV as target format. Click format menu and select “Apple ProRess 422 (*.mov)” as output format beneath the “Final Cut Pro” profile.
Step 3. You can click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p) as you like.
Step 4. Convert MXF files for FCP. Click the big button Convert to start transcoding MXF files to MOV for FCP X. When the conversion is completed, click “Open” button to get the converted Apple ProRes 422 MOV files for editing with Final Cut Pro.
More than output editable files for FCP X, the MXF Converter for Mac also features optimized presets for iMove, Avid Studio, Final Cut Express, and Adobe Premiere. With this tool, you can easily transcode Canon 300 MXF files to Apple ProRes 422/4444, DVCPRO, AIC, DV, Avid DNxHD for using within different editing software.
After conversion, you just need to open the output folder and import the videos to FCP7 | FCP X, and then you can edit MXF video on Mac without MXF plug-in.
Learn more conversion solutions for MXF clips captured on Canon XF100, Canon XF105, XF300, XF305, C300, Canon C500 Cinema camera, Sony PMW-150 and Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 | AG-HPX600 | AJ-HPX3700 | AG-HPX250