Why FCP X not importing MXF files?
It is well know that MMXF is a container file format, it can hold various different video codecs like DV, HDV, DNxHD, Prores, DVCPRO, MPEG-4, H.264, etc. After searching for Final Cut Pro X supported file formats, you may find that FCP X only has native support for MOV files encoded with Apple Prores, DV, HDV, H.264, DVCPRO HD, QuickTime codec. Therefore, you will fail mxf files to load them into FCP X. In addition, when you import some highly compressed codec such as H.264 used by Canon, Panasonic, Sony. You will start to lose quality as you do color correction or composite gradients. There just isn’t a lot of room to work.
What is MXF?
MXF is a container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. The data-recording camera systems which produces MXF including Sony’s XDCAM, Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2 and Canon XF. Since MXF is a container format, it may supports a number of different streams encoded in any of a variety of video and audio compression formats, therefore, it is often a hassle for media players or video editing applications(Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer) on Mac computer to properly and efficiently decode the files for further playing or editing.
To achieve a fast and fluid workflow of MOV files with various different codec with FCP X, the best way is encoding MOV to FCP X high quality and high performance editing codec Apple Prores, which have large file size but will render faster and leaves more room to work, so you can create great looking effects without losing any quality. There is a professional solution in hand called MXF Video Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which can encode all MOV files either recorded from camera/camcorder or downloaded from online sites to Final Cut Pro X best supported Apple Prores codec in different types. Here, you are recommended to choose “”Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance with FCP X.
1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.
How to Convert and Import MXF Files into FCP X on Mac El Capitan?
Step 1: Load unsupported MXF files into the MXF Video Converter for Mac.
From “File” drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio” to add source MOV video files to the program.
Tips: On the main video displaying window, click the up and down arrow to rearrange the file order according to your own needs.
Step 2: Select output file format.
Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select FCP X most favorable editing codec by following “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, you can also choose other prores formats on your own needs.
Step 3: Edit MOV files.
Select an item on the main interface to active the “Editor” menu, then click the pencil like icon to open “Video Editor” Window, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip video, trim, add special effect, reset, and adjust volume.
Step 4: Convert MXF video to Apple Prores format.
Go back to the main interface and press the right-bottom “Convert”to start MXF video to Final Cut Pro Apple Prores encoding proces.
When the conversion is done, import converted video to FCP X for furthering professional editing.