Canon EOS C300 introduced the EOS system early in 2011, which ushers Canon in a new era of professional digital video recording. Compared to C300, The EOS C500 gets rid of the limit to record just 1080P, which can offer 4K resolution and RAW output to go head-to-head with cameras like the RED Scarlet. That’s really cool for filmmakers, because 1080P is great for web video but not for traditional moviemaking. As we know, it’s not easily to handle MXF footage in FCP, iMovie, Avid, etc on Mac. Not to mention 4K Raw files that requires a massive amount of GPU processing. With plug-in in Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX, You can bring this footage to FCP. The big limit is your cards have been copied correctly to the hard drive with their entire folder structure intact. A widely accepted method is to convert raw C300 MXF to ProRes for FCP native editing.
TransMXF, TransMXF Pro and Video Converter are appreciated by camcorder users, TransMXF is stable and efficient to handle 1080P/1080i, 50P/60P, and 720P footage in MXF wrapper. Comparatively, the TransMXF Pro can be regarded as an improve version to preserve, separate and mix multiple audio tracks in raw MXF recordings. At this point, no MXF Converter can do better than Pro. The Video Converter is versatile for the power to convert not only MXF footage, but also AVCHD, EVO, VOB, TiVo, Blu-ray/DVD formats, etc. If you are interested, the all-around comparison and review is available in Aunsoft MXF Topic. Here, I think, if you do not care about the audio tracks, TransMXF is sufficient enough and affordable. But if your camcorder like JVC GY-HM650 which can export multiple formats (MXF, AVCHD, MOV and MP4), you may want to try the all-around one.
Below is a step-by-step guide to help you bring Canon C300 MXF to FCPX with Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Step1. Accurately load Canon EOS C300 MXF file
Click “add video” or “add folder” to load MXF file. you can also directly drag files to the program, fast. This program also supports batch conversion.
In order to avoid of no audio in source MXF file, you’d better to preview loaded 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.
Check “Merge into one file”, you can join MXF clips into one big file.
Step2: select the output format
Click the “format” and choose the “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ(*.mov)” files as the output format for FCPX. Apple ProRes 422HQ codec offers the utmost possible quality for raw file, Providing higher quality than ProRes 422 for post-production on FCPX.
Step3. Customize video specs. (Optional)
Before Canon C300 raw MXF to FCPX conversion, you can click “Settings” to set up video size, frame rate, bitrate and other settings. A tip is that the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.
Step 4: Click “Convert” icon to start conversion
Click “Conversion” icon to run Conversion. With just a click on “Open output folder”, you can locate the export MP4 quickly. You can preview the converted MOV with Video Converter for Mac, as well as FCPX to compare bitrate and video quality between output ProRes 422 HQ and raw MXF/4k MXF.
For C500 guide:
If you are user of Canon EOS C500 and transcoding Canon C500 raw 4K MXF to ProRes, please refer to the MXF Canon C300 to FCP step-by-step guide above.