To easily get Canon C500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac with keeping Multi audio channels, you need to transcode MXF files to multi-track Prores 422 for editing in FCP 6/7. Read the post
below to learn how.
If you are a photographer, Canon C500 among the best cameras you cannot miss. The C500 has nearly the same body design than the C300. I really like the form factor and it’s like working with a DSLR. Small, compact and you can shoot faster compared to a bigger camera. It can shoot uncompressed 4:4:4 10-bit 4K video up to 60 fps, but it requires an external recorder. If you don’t have a recorder you can only record 1080p on the internal CF-Cards (dual slot). At 2K resolution you can shoot up to 60fps with 12-bit 4:4:4. The camera records internally 50mbps to the Compact Flash cards.
Canon C500 records videos, just as its predecessor C300, using the advanced and popular compression MPEG-2 MXF format with Canon XF Codec. Although Canon has tried their best to provid the highest level of compatibility with non-linear editing/NLE systems, the incompatible issue still exists there when Canon C500 users importing Canon C500 MXF files to FCP 6/7 on Mac.
As MXF is a container format that is really complex to handle, in fact, FCP can't natively recognize C500 MXF files most time no matter you may try to install some Canon XF Utilities and Canon XF Plugin. As Apple ProRes is the favorable format for Final Cut Pro, the first step you need to do is to transcode MXF to ProRes for FCP 6/7. And in case that you may have recorded Canon C500 MXF files with Multi audio channels, and then how to keep the original audios preserved?
Here, Pavtube iMixMXF can help you to get it done. With it you can do MXF to Prores conversion keeping the original quality at its best, meanwhile you are allowed to preserve all or any audio tracks for output Prores .MOV and mix the multiple audio tracks into one if you need. To help most C500 users to get rid of the multi-track MXF importing problem with FCP 6/7, I provide a brief guide here.
Step 1. Run Muti-track MXF Converter for FCP 6/7. Click "Add Video" button to load your source MXF clips or drag and drop the C500 MXF files to the converter. You are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.
Step 2. Click "Format" bar to choose output format. Click and choose Multi-track Video>Multi-track Apple ProRes 422(*.mov), it's the best format for editing Canon C500 multi-track MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7.
Step 3. Adjust video and audio parameters. (Optional)
Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you'd better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4. When above steps finished, you can click "Convert" button to start transcoding Canon C500 MXF to mult-track ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 with a super fast speed.
With the excellent multi-track MXF to FCP Converter, you can work with Canon C500 MXF files in FCP 6/7 on Mac Mavericks with multi-track preserving and with best video and audio quality as you want.
If you don't want to get multi-track videos or your videos has less that two audio track, you can try Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac, a profession MXF Converter and a good partner with your simple and efficient MXF conversion workflow on Mac.
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