The lightweight new ProHD camera GY HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), AVCHD, and MXF with rich descriptive metadata to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. Last week, I shoot some MXF videos with GY-HM650. You know, MXF footage is not compatible with Mac editing systems, including FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Premiere, Sony Vegas, etc. So I decided to transcode GY-HM650 MXF to Final Cut Pro with Apple ProRes Codec. I wanted to be able to save editable raw HD footage, convert to MOV for future editing in FCP, but if the audio in the final
MOV is mixed, it would be difficult to use. My point was to know if there is a method to Convert GY-HM650 MXF to Final Cut Pro preserve original audio tracks , the way I shot them. I was just installing the latest Mac Mavericks 10.9.1.
Luckily, a friend introduced me Aunsoft TransMXF Pro for Mac. This JVC GY-HM650 MXF Converter is really a master to preserve and separate multiple audio tracks in MXF file, which can convert MXF to multiple audio tracks ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444 for FCP. What’s more, it also exports multiple tracks MKV and multiple tracks MP4 for further editing, delivering, playing and broadcasting. It helps me easily convert and bring GY-HM650 MXF to FCP on Mavericks 10.9.1 with origianl audio tracks.
Here I would like to share my experience on transcoding MXF to ProRes 422 HQ, of cource with two separate channels of audio, the way I shoot them with GY-HM650.
Step1. Accurately load MXF to TransMXF Pro for Mac
Click “add video” or “add folder” to load MXF file. Here I directly drag MXF to the GY-HM650 MXF files Converter, fast. This program also supports batch conversion.
In order to avoid of no audio in source MXF file, you’d better to preview loaded MXF files in the preview window to guarantee the output encoded MOV files will also be with sound. You can capture MXF images easily with Snapshot function when preview MXF file.
Check “Merge into one file”, you can join MXF clips into one big file.
Step2: choose multiple audio tracks ProRes 422 HQ as output format
Click the “format” and choose the “Multi-track Video -> Multi-track Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” files as the output format for FCP. Multi-track Apple ProRes 422 HQ offers the utmost possible audio and video quality for post-production in FCP.
In most circumstances, 422HQ will be sufficient. But 4444 does have more color depth than 422. If you are planning to do heavy grading or VFX work from the ProRes, converting GY-HM650 MXF to ProRes 4444 is desirable.
Step3: Set multi-task settings
This setting is only in the condition of choosing multi-track video. Click “settings” to preserve multiple audio tracks in original MXF. You have more options to deal with audio tracks, if you don’t want to keep all audio tracks, you can uncheck undesired ones. And it’s also okay for you to mix multi-audio tracks into one track.
The system default like the video frame rate as 23.976fps or video size as 1920*1080 is to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro. You can reset them for specific needs.
You also can initial edit MXF file, like trim, crop, flip, add water mark or effect to the videos via a click on “editor tool” in the main interface before you convert/bring GY-HM650 MXF to FCP.
Step4: Convert MXF files into multi-track ProRes MOV
Click “Start Conversion” icon, The GY-HM650 MXF Converter will convert MXF to ProRes 422 HQ MOV with two separate channels of audio saved. After MXF to ProRes 422 conversion, you will be able to get the output files via clicking on “Open” button and then bring converted GY-HM650 MXF to Final Cut Pro.