Canon C300 Importing Workflow - Final Cut Pro (FCP 6/7/X) for C300 MXF editing
Summary: With this awesome guide, you can smoothly import and edit Canon C300 MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 by transcoding/converting C300 MXF to ProRes MOV format.
We usually saw Canon C300 camera users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit their C300 MXF files with Final Cut Pro 6 or FCP 7. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.
Q1: importing .MXF files to Final Cut
What plug-in do I need to install so i can import and edit .MXF video files in Final Cut. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn’t work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.) [Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.5.8)]
Q2: MXF files into FCP 6
I’m interested in the new Canon C300 camera, but I’m still working on an Apple G5 with FCP 6.0.6. Is there an application, plug-in, etc. for the older FCP to take in MXF files? [G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)]
Q3: Support for Canon MXF from C300 in FCP?
How do I import .mxf files into Final Cut Pro? This is the latests and greatests software right? There must be a way. Help Please.
As you see, many folks are talking about how to import Canon C300 MXF files into Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 for editing without problems. Well, don’t blame to the Final Cut Pro, the “Import from Camera…” option works just like “Log and Transfer”. The thing is, even FCP 7 does not work with the Canon or Panasonic P2 MXF codec. As far as i know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding MXF files to Final Cut Pro native formats (Apple ProRes encoded .mov is highly recommended). Along with some help from the MXF Converter for Mac, it can be done. To help those who wanna edit C300 MXF files in FCP 6/7, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Canon C300 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV format for Final Cut Pro editing flawlessly.
Downloading the App- Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to MOV Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF to ProRes Converter can convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Guide: Transcoding Canon C300 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP 6/7
Step 1: Import MXF files from your C300 to the MXF to FCP Converter Mac.
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add files” button to browse to import MXF videos.
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.
Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding C300 mxf files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 under Mac OS.
Some more helpful features of the Free Mac MXF to MOV Converter:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
Once the MXF to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer Canon C300 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out “Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "FCE, FCP, iMovie Column"to get your solutions.
Related Guide & Tips:
Transcoding Canon C300 MXF for iMovie
How to edit Canon C300 MXF files in Final Cut Express
Canon C300 and Adobe Premiere Pro editing tips