"We are using FCP 7, and as far as I know it does not read Canon XF305 files natively. We tried Canon XF utility, with very limited success, on few different machines. Main problem with that piece of software is that it expects to see compact flash cards straight from the camera and doesn't seem to work very well with folders on an HDD. Is there a recommended workflow for us to move MXF files from an HDD to FCP 7?"
Answer: It is strongly suggested to convert MXF clips to Apple ProRes 422 using Pavtube MXF Converter for Macsoftware, because FCP 7 needs to have all the footage on a timeline in the single codec, otherwise it needs to render everything and does not preview clips in realtime. You can find a free trial version.
"I especially get confused when I need to download the plug-ins from the Canon site, which is a real mess! I have MXF footage shot on the Canon C300 and I'm trying to convert it from true 24p to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976. Does anyone know an easy-to-use converter to do this?"
Answer: Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac will shed you some light on this problem. More than encoding true 24p C300 MXF files to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976, it can also rewrap MXF to PrpRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy, and ProRes 4444 for different FCP use.
Step-by-step: How to convert MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444 for FCP editing?
Note: To convert MXF video you need to transfer the whole MXF file structure to Mac HDD, because MXF systems produce split-file A/V (that is, the video and audio stored in separate files).
Step 1. Load MXF video files.
Connect your camcorder to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MXF files to Apple hard drive disk.
Install and run Pavtube MXF to Apple ProRes Converter.
Click "Add video" button to import your MXF files to the best Pavtube Canon MXF Converter for Mac. Or click "Add from folder" button to load the MXF folder. The software will find corresponding audio content by itself and mix it to video during conversion.
Step 2: Select Apple ProRes as output format for FCP 7.
Click "Format" bar and move your pointer to choose "Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422" or "Apple ProRes 422 HQ" or "Apple ProRes 4444" as the output format.
1. You can also click "Settings" button, set bitrate and frame rate if necessary: 1920*1080 video size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60i videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50i videos).
2. Click "Edit" button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.
3. If you want to edit MXF files in iMovie or FCE, you just need to choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the step 2.
Step 3. Click a big red button, start converting MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444with best audio and video synchronization for editing on FCP 7. Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac supports batch conversion.
Note: If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don't forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
After conversion, you can import Apple ProRes video files to Final Cut Pro for editing without problems.
If you have problems when importing or editing your MXF video files, you can check out "Pavtube MXF Column", "FCP Column" or "Canon Column" to get your solutions.