Import Canon C500 MXF to Final Cut Pro X- Canon XF plugin vs MXF Converter

Summary: Trouble importing Canon EOS C500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro X for further editing? Don’t worry. There are two ways for you to get Canon C500 footage into FCP 6/7/X smoothly. Learn how to.

The Canon C500 is a hot professional camcorder for videographers. The C500 utilizes Canon’s XF Codec – a file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper that ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. While, it’s a pity we found many users often meet problems if they tried importing Canon C500 MXF to Final Cut Pro. How to solve the issues effectively? In the post I will share two ways to import MXF recordings to FCP 7/X from Canon C500 for further editing on Mac OS X(Mavericks included).

Method A- Using Canon Provided Software
Pros:
- Free
- Supports native MXF importing

Cons:
- Doesn’t work well wtih 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920×1080, (60i/30p/24p)
- With a lot of steps
- May cause errors due to incompatible codecs
- Spends a lot of time
- Occupies a large amount of RAM
- Only available for Canon MXF files

Plug-ins: latest Canon XF Plug-in for Final Cut Pro, Canon XF Utility
This importing way is a tedious process, which needs your patience. If you haven’t installed the above plugin, please download and install them. Click here to free download the latest Canon XF Plug-in for Final Cut Pro.
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Part 1. Back up Canon C500 MXF footages with XF Utility:
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1. Connect your Canon C500 camera to your Mac OS, you also can insert your CF card into your computer.
2. Launching the XF Utility, you will see your CF card showed up as the Canon drive and “Backup” in the upper left corner as the below picture.
3. Click Backup on the upper left corner, Canon C500 MXF footages on the CF card will be backed up with the XF Utility.

PS: Before backing up videos, please make sure you have set the location to store your footage in the Preferences menu.

Part 2. Import the footages to Log and Transfer window:(Here I take FCP 7 as example)
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1. Once your footage is saved with XF Utility, please run Loag and Transfer plugin in Final Cut Pro for rendering.
2. Click on the folder icon in the top left corner of the Log & Transfer window to load Canon C500 recorded HD MXF files you’ve saved.
3. Choose the editing format: Click on the small flower-shaped icon in the top middle of the Log & Transfer window, which will open the Import Preferences panel. You can choose ProRes or natvie format as the editing format.

Tips:
a. In general, you can smoothly edit native MPEG-2 MXF, but FCP is designed to work best in ProRes.
b. By default, Log & Transfer will either convert the footage to ProRes or just re-wrap clips into MOV format.
transcode mxf to prores mov

4. Click OK when you are done, and continue to import your footage by clicking Add Selection to Queue. Now your C500 recording file is in FCP, you can freely editing.

Method 2: With GodaSoft MXF Converter software

Pros:
- Fast convert MXF to ProRes
- Five types of ProRes for FCP
- It is also available for Sony and Panasonic MXF footages.
- Supports to transcode MXF to any other video format for all NLE’s
- For all FCP 6/7/x users
- You can get 5.1 Channels
- Freely change video/audio settings
- Can keep original quality
- Save rendering time

Cons:
- Not free
- You can’t edit the native MXF files

Preparation:
MXF Converter for Mac
free download
The excellent MXF converting tool has Final Cut Pro native profile with five types of ProRes codecs- ProRes 422, ProRes 422(LT), ProRes 422(HQ), ProRes 422(proxy), ProRes 444. And it allows you freely change the video and audio parameters as you need, of course, it can keep the original quality for editing. I have successfully used it to encode my Canon C500 MXF to ProRes for FCP(X).

Step 1. Launch the best Canon C500 MXF Video Converter for Mac, and add MXF videos to the program by clicking “Add” button.
import mxf to converter
Step 2. For editing MXF media in FCP smoothly, choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422″ as the output format.
Tip: If need, you can click “Settings” to freely change the video and audio settings. To keep the best quality for editing, you’d better keep your original settings. For example, if your resource file is 1080 29.97p or 59.94i, you’d better select the video size as 1920*1080 and frame rate as 29.97fps.
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Step 3. Tap “Convert” button on the main interface to start transcoding Canon C500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 7/X on Mac OS X.

Once the MXF to ProRes Conversion is done, you can click Open button to find the converted video files. Now you are free to import/edit C500 MXF files in Final Cut Pro under Mac OS without problems.

Editor’s Note: The first Method is a free work for all Canon users and it can make FCP edit the native MXF videos. If you think it is a tiring work or your computer doesn’t support pulgins well, I believe the second way can easily solve the incompatible troubles.

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Convert GoPro HERO3+ 1080p MP4 to Apple ProRes MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro X

The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera is 20% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the HERO3. The camera captures 4K Cinema, 2.7K Cinema, 1440p and Full HD 1080p video. The The camera captures Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 60 fps, as well as 1280 x 720p at 120 fps. It supports both NTSC and PAL video systems as well. For still images, the HERO3+ supports up to 10MP photos with a burst rate of up to 10 fps.

Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro 7, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Mavericks, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, this new released FCP X does not support well with GoPro HERO3+ 1080p MP4 Videos.

So if you want to edit GoPro HERO3+ 1080p HD MP4 Videos in Final Cut Pro X, you are recommended to use GoDaSoft HD Video Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac GoPro HERO3+ MP4 to FCP X converter for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard. It does not only convert GoPro HERO3+ HD MP4 to ProRes 422 MOV or H.264 MOV on Mac, but also merges 1080p MP4 files for import into Final Cut Pro X.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit GoPro HERO3+ MP4 to Final Cut Pro X on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Load GoPro HD MP4 videos to GoDaSoft HD Video Converter for Mac.
After transferring .MP4 files from GoPro HERO3+ camera, run GoDaSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac GoPro HERO3+ MP4 to MOV converter, and click the “Add File” button to load .MP4 videos.
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Step 2. Choose ProRes or H.264/AVC MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option, and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*mov) or HD Video > HD MOV (*.mov) for converting HD MP4 videos from MP4 to MOV with ProRes or H.264/AVC as video codec for loading to Final Cut Studio. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080.
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Step 3. Merge GoPro HERO3+ HD MP4 MP4 files. (optional)
Select all the files and then click “Merge”, and the GoPro HERO3+ MP4 converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Convert GoPro HERO3+ MP4 to MOV for Final Cut Pro X.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac GoPro MP4 converter starts converting GoPro HERO3+ MP4 videos to ProRes.mov or H.264 .mov, and joining the MP4 files for editing in Final Cut Pro X.
After converting and merging the MP4 files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro X and the video is in HD 1920×1080. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.

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Transcode/Import Canon EOS Full HD 1080P MOV to Final Cut Pro X on Mac

No matter you are a filmmaker, multimedia professional or still photographer, Canon EOS camera will be a choice due to its highly mobile, lightweight features including Canon 5D Mark, Canon EOS 650D, Canon PowrShot G1 X, Canon SX40, Canon ESO-1DX, Canon EOS 7D/5D, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 550D, Canon EOS 500D, and more. What these cameras have in common is that they can record 1080p H.264 codec MOV footages.
The 1080p HD video recording function helps you perfectly capture every moment of tears and laughter in your life and keep the unique memory forever. While, some users would still get some troubles when intend to import the Canon H.264 MOV files to FCP X for editing on Mac because the Canon H.264 codec is not a perfect editable format for Final Cut Pro X, but Apple ProRes is.

If you have got MOV videos from Canon camera and suffered the headache from dealing with these files, the program GodaSoft HD Video Converter for Mac will get you out of trouble. With it, you not only can easily transcode Canon H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro X on Mac within few clicks. If you need, you can edit Canon MOV videos like cropping, trimming, merging videos, setting video codec, frame bitrate and so on. Below is the step-by-step guide.

How to Transcode Canon H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X
Step 1: Download, install and launch the best Mac HD MOV to ProRes Converter to import your Canon EOS camera recorded h.264 footages to it.

import canon eos video to fcp
Step 2: Click format bar to choose “Apple ProRes” codec for EOS .mov. You are provided with five Apple ProRes options listed as below. You can choose a proper one that fit your needs best according to the main difference of the five ProRes codecs. You’re recommended to choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, it’s best for FCP editing.
convert canon eos video to fcp
Step 3: You can click settings button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc, customize the parameters as you want.

Step 4: Hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Canon H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes codec on Mac OS X. This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and import to FCP X.
In this way, you can easily import and edit your Canon H.264 video files in Final Cut Pro X smoothly.
Additional Tips:
GodaSoft HD Video Converter for Mac is fully featured Mac HD video converting software, providing Mac user hassle-free HD video conversion/editing solutions. It converts Blu-ray M2TS or HD videos like AVCHD MTS/M2TS, XAVC, MOD, TOD, MOV, MP4, MVI, MXF, etc from HDTV and HD-camcorders, 1080p multi-track HD videos M2TS, MTS, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, MP4, AVCHD, HDTV, BDAV, MPEG-TS, standard AVI, MPEG, TS, FLV, WMV, MOV and QT videos.
This versatile, handy and 32X faster HD video converter for Mac also comes with diverse device presets for new iPad Mini/Air, iPhone 5S/5C, Apple TV (3), iTunes, Android, Samsung Galaxy Note 3/Note 10.1/S4, Google New Nexus 7, HTC, Kindle Fire, Surface Pro 2, WP8, Xbox, PSP, etc. Meanwhile, it works as YouTube online video downloader, Mac screen recorder, photo slideshow maker and more. Moreover, it’s capable of outputting videos in Apple ProRes/AIC/DNxHD/DVCPRO, etc. for NLEs like iMovie 11/9/8, FCP X/7/6, FCE, Avid Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe After Effects CS6, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto as well as QuickTime MOV for playback on Mac.

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Best way to Transcode/Import Nikon DF Full HD Video to Adobe Premiere CS6

When Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 imports .mov files from Nikon DF camera, playback is not smooth. Nikon DF 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF breathtaking Full 1080p HD 60i/30p video H.264/MPEG-4 MOV Movies, and this MOV video format came from Nikon DF is a long GOP format that is highly compressed, it is not a good editing format. And I try to change the filename extension to .mpg, Adobe Premiere Pro use its native MPEG decoding component, which is much faster.But also playback with a stutter in Adobe Premiere CS6, This didn’t fix the issue. After Google search, I found the Nikon DF video format is good to record videos but is not easy to use in Adobe Premiere CS6 this editing software. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 supported best video format is WMV format, so if I want to play Nikon DF raw clips on Adobe Premiere, the best way to convert Nikon DF MOV to WMV for Adobe Premiere CS6. This article is my simply way to convert Full HD DF files to wmv with keep native quality.

Step by step to convert Nikon DF mov to wmv with high quality.
Step 1.Download Nikon HD Video Converter, install it.(If your Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 running on Mac OS X Lion, download Mac Nikon HD Video Converter)

Step 2. Load H.264 MOV files into Nikon DF Video Converter.(Support Windows 8)
Drag and drop specified MOV files from hard drive to this program or click “Add” button on the menu bar to import video recordings. Batch video files are allowed to load, joining several video files into big one can be realized by ticking the checkbox of “Merge“.

Step 3.Choose Adobe Premiere MOV/WMV as output format.
Click “Format” option and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> WMV as the out put format.

Step 4. Start the conversion from Nikon DF MOV to WMV for Adobe Premiere CS6.
Hit the “Convert” button under the preview button and this Windows Nikon DF MOV Converter will start this conversion immediately.

Tips:You will not playback or edit smoothly the highly compressed Nikon DF MOV on your editing software,like: Sony Vegas , Windows Moive Maker.etc. This Nikon HD Video Converter also can convert DF Video to the exclusive format for other editing software like Windows Live Movie Marker, Kdenlive, Adobe Premiere CS4/CS5, Adobe After Effects and Roxio Toast.etc. If you are Mac users, you can convert Nikon DF 1080p HD MOV files to other editable and playable video formats, like Apple MOV for iMovie and Final Cut Studio(Final Cut Pro, Final Cut express) with the best Nikon DF MOV Converter for Mac.

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Transcode/Import Nikon DF 1080 HD MOV Video to ProRes MOV for FCP X

The Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. The Nikon DF captures stills in JPEG and RAW and video in the MOV format, with H.264/MPEG-4 compression. But this MOV video format came from Nikon DF is a long GOP format that is highly compressed, it is not a good editing format.

So you will not playback or edit smoothly the highly compressed MOV on your Mac with FCP X. You need to convert the 1080p HD MOV footage off your Nikon DF with Mac Nikon DF MOV Converter for FCP X for Snow Leopard. It does not only convert Nikon DF MOV to a playable/compatible Mac H.264 MOV, Apple ProRes 422 MOV on Mac for Final Cut Pro X but also supports other Nikon DF cameras.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and convert Nikon DF HD MOV files to Final Cut Pro X on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks.

Step 1. Load Nikon DF HD MOV videos to Nikon MOV Converter for Mac.
After transferring .mov files from Nikon DF camera, run Nikon Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac Nikon DF to Final Cut Pro X MOV Converter, and click the “Add” button to load .mov videos.

Step 2. Choose HD MOV or ProRes 422 MOV output format for Final Cut Pro X.
Click the “Profile” option, and choose Final Cut Pro > ProRes 422 MOV (*.mov) for converting the highly compressed Nikon DF HD MOV to compatible MOV for loading to Final Cut Pro X. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080.

Step3. Merge Nikon DF 1080 H.264 MOV files. (Optional)
Select the files in the filelist and click Merge, and the Nikon DF 1080p H.264 MOV converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step4. Convert Nikon DF 1080 H.264 MOV to Final Cut Pro X on Mac
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Nikon DF MOV converter starts converting Nikon DF MOV videos to Final Cut Pro X MOV, and joining the files for playing/editing on FCP X.

After converting and merging the Nikon DF MOV files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro X for editing still in HD.

Tip:
1. The Best Nikon Video Converter for Mac also supports converting Nikon D7000, Nikon DF, Nikon D3100, Nikon 1 V1 MOV videos to ProRes MOV, H.264 MOV, MPG, DV, AVI, etc on Mac for Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Express 4, iMovie 8/9/11, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.
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How to Transcode Nikon 1 J3 HD MOV to ProRes Codec MOV for FCP 6/7 ?

The 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 J3 brings your vision to life as exceptional photos, HD videos and Motion Snapshots that will have you capturing more moments than ever. Not surprisingly, it can also record full 1080p HD videos. Final Cut Pro 7 is new released with powerful new features like expanded ProRes codecs, improved speed/XML interchange/media management, etc and some time-saving improvements like automatic transfer, easy export, and so on. However, this new released FCP 7 supports MOV with at 1080p. But this Nikon 1 J3 MOV video format came from Nikon 1 J3 is a long GOP format that is highly compressed, it is not a good editing format. so the 1080p MOV is still incompatible with Mac FCP 7 NOW! (Nikon 1 J3 Support 1080/60i and 1080/30p MOV). So if you want to edit Nikon 1 J3 MOV video with high quality on Mac, you can convert Nikon 1 J3 MOV files to Final Cut/FCP 7 MOV before editing.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and convert Nikon 1 J3 HD MOV files to MOV to Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Pro 7 on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks.

Step 1. Load Nikon 1 J3 MOV videos to Nikon 1 J3 MOV Video Converter for Mac.
After transferring .mov files from Nikon 1 J3 camera, just run Nikon Video Converter for Mac from as the camera MOV Converter, and click the Add button to load .mov videos.

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Best Convert Panasonic P2 MXF to QuickTime MOV for Playing/Watching on Mac

Panasonic P2 series camcorders are widely used by some professional cameramen. It can bring users vivid HD picture. If you are one of the P2 users, you may get in trouble for dealing with the recorded footage. The memory card of Panasonic P2 stores the footage in MXF format. This video format is designed to streamline workflows between different platforms, such as cameras, digital editing equipment, and servers. And the MXF format is only supported by some specific video editors or media players (not including QuickTime).

QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. And it doesn’t support playing MXF natively. If a Panasonic P2 user wants to enjoy the recorded MXF video with QuickTime on Mac, what he needs is a professional Panasonic P2 MXF to MOV Converter.

Here I highly recommend MXF to QuickTime Converter for Mac, which is professional and powerful MXF converting software on Mac platform. Compared with other similar MXF converters, this software could provide users with the best output video with the least quality loss. Also the intuitive interface makes the MXF to QuickTime MOV conversion quite simple. Follow the below steps to transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to Quick Time MOV.

Step 1: Import Panasonic P2 MXF recordings
After installing the MXF Converter for Mac, you can click the “Add File” button to import the source MXF videos to this program.
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Step 2: Choose output QuickTime MOV format
Click the “Profile” drop-down list and choose the “QuickTime Movie Format”.

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