Equipped with three 2/3-inch type CCDs – a newly developed “Power HAD FX” progressive CCD with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels, Sony professional PDW-700 XDCAM HD camcorder capture stunning quality HD images by this this high-resolution CCD together with the 14-bit A/D converter and advanced digital signal. On top of the exceptional technology, the PDW-700 deliver very high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps using the MPEG-2 4:2:2 compression. . It also offers multi-format recording flexibility including 1080i, 720P and SD.
I shoot some MXF recordings from my Sony PDW-700 XDCAM camera and I have no reliable way to play back the raw MXF files on my Mac. I view XDCAM MXF file in QuickTime, where the video looks great, but the audio either plays at 4X speed, or simply stops after a few seconds. I tried to click the timeline more than once, the QuickTime player crashes. It’s really annoying. To view and play XDCAM MXF in QuickTime flawlessly, I use Aunsoft TransMXF Pro for Mac to convert XDCAM to DVCPRO MOV with perfect video and audio synchronization. TransMXF Pro for Mac also supports transcoding MXF file to MOV with Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM, HDV, Avid DNxHD MOV and even multiple audio tracks MOV for FCP, iMovie, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere on Mac (including Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks). This is so great for me.
Here I would like to share my experience on converting Sony PDW-700 XDCAM HD MXF to MOV for QuickTime on Mac.
Step 1: Import Sony PDW-700 XDCAM HD MXF to TransMXF Pro for Mac
Available download MXF viewer app trial version. Connect your Sony PDW-700 XDCAM to Mac and transfer MXF video files to your Mac for converting.
Click “add video” or “add folder”. You can also directly drag and drop individual MXF file or XDCAM MXF file structure to this excellent Sony XDCAM MXF Converter.
In avoid of no audio in output MOV, you’d better to preview raw MXF video in the preview. You can take snapshoot. That’s pretty nice.
Step 2: Select DVCPRO MOV for QuickTime on Mac
DVCPRO HD is a 100 Mbps extension of the DVCPRO (25) and DVCPRO 50 formats, used for capturing and editing high-quality HD video, DVCPRO MOV keeps high video and audio quality for playback MXF video format in QuickTime. Here you have NTSC and PAL options for DVCPRO MOV, which can satisfy different areas standard.
Click the “Format” option in the main interface of Aunsoft Any MXF files converter for Mac, choose QuickTime Movie Format > DVCPRO-NTSC (*.mov) as output format.
I directly enter iMovie in the search bar, even faster. I bet you won’t take more than 30 seconds in this step.
You can also choose other QuickTime favorable formats, like AVI, MP4, MPEG, etc.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio profile
Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. You can also use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bitrates, and frame rate as you need.
Step 4: Convert Sony PDW-700 XDCAM 422 MXF to MOV
Aunsoft TransMXF Pro for Mac will run conversion at super fast speed. Not for a while, you can get generated DVCPRO MOV with perfect video and audio synchronization. You can preview raw MXF and generated MOV when conversion completed. And with just a click on “Open output folder”, you can easily locate the output file.
After you converting Sony XDCAM MXF files to MOV, you can view and play the converted MXF footages smoothly with Marvericks QuickTime or other Players on Mac.