Aug 25

How to Convert MXF to Apple ProRes 422 on Mac OS X?

Material eXchange Format (MXF) is an open file format, targeted at the interchange of audio-visual material with associated data and metadata. Many MXF video footages are recorded by high-definition camcorders, like Panasonic P2, canon XF and sony XDCAM series camcorders. Though MXF is great video format to record high-definition videos, it is not easy to use in that they are not supported by most websites, tablet, smartphone and TV.

“Basically, everytime I use prelude to load a bunch of MXF files into media encoder and get transcoded to ProRes 422, I always get Adobe media encoder hanging. Has anyone ever had success getting this to occur without hanging? It only really happens when i’m doing big batches like anything over 10 clips. They all load up fine into media encoder, but after the first 1 is nearing finish on the transcode it always hangs. At the moment i’m forced to use tcp 7 log and transfer to get my MXF’s into apple prores 422. I have no issues there, but annoyed that adobe isnt working correctly.”

ProRes is a lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production that supports up to 4K. The Apple ProRes format comes in five versions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy). They are intended for use during video editing, and not for practical end-user viewing.

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Guide: Transcoding MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Note: To convert MXF video you need to transfer the whole MXF file structure to Mac HDD, because MXF systems produce split-file A/V (that is, the video and audio stored in separate files).

Step 1: Add mxf captured videos

Click “add video” button to import the P2 mxf or Canon mxf files to the top MXF to Apple ProRes 422 Converter for Mac. Click “add from folder” button to add MXF folder. The software will find corresponding audio content by itself and mix it to video during conversion.

MXF to Apple ProRes 422 Converter

Step 2: Select output format and output path

Click on the “Format”bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422″ or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ” or “Apple ProRes 4444″ as the output format.

Convert MXF to ProRes

Tips: Click “Settings”, you can set bitrate and frame rate if necessary: 1920*1080 vide size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60i videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50i videos).

Step 3: Start the MXF to ProRes 422 MOV conversion on Mac

Click “convert” to start converting Panasonic/Canon/Sony XDCAM MXF file Apple ProRes 422 format on mac. After conversion, you can log and transfer MXF clips to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing without problems.

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