Working with Canon C300, the output format MXF has provides us a high quality image enjoyment. Surely, if you wanna edit MXF video files in editing system, a free plug-in or MXF video converter can help you smoothly finish your work. Such as FCP or Premiere Pro.
However, someone else has some other questions about MXF files.
Question 1.How to copy MXF files correctly?
Well first, and this may go without saying, but if you're going to get an intern or producer to do it make sure they know what they're doing. Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder).
Sony and Canon both have free browser apps that will let you back up your media. Or you could invest in something like Shotput Pro to duplicate your cards to multiple drives simultaneously. You are backing them up as you go, right?
If that's not enough detail, just watch this great tutorial on a correct tapeless media workflow from Shane Ross.
Question 2. What To Do If Your C300 Card Structure Is Broken?
If for whatever reason your card structure doesn't come across intact, what can you do? Depending on your NLE you have various options. If you're in Adobe Premiere it doesn't matter, as it will read the MXF files just fine.
First, you can try to 'fake it' out by recreating the C300 card structure (which should look like the example below). In the past I'm sure I've gotten lucky with it but its a pretty slim chance of actually working. FCPX needs a correct card structure so if you have to, transcoding in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround
Question 3. Is there any free app for converting C300 MXF files.
Miro is a great free app (one of the few free apps I found) that actually works and works well. Miro Video Converter will allow you to grab the .MXF files and transcode them into Pro Res 422, DNxHD and AVC Intra 1080p and 720p. You can batch transcode as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly. The files look great and were a higher quality but as Miro is a free app, there are a few catches.
First, you cannot specify the output folder and it defaults to your MacHD > User > Movies folder. So you need to have enough space on your boot drive to transcode the footage too. This is also a problem if you have multiple files with the same name, (which I had on this edit with a two camera shoot) as this means you have to transcode one set at a time and move them out of the folder so as not to overwrite them with the next batch. Annoying.
Question 4. Is there any tool that can answer the questions above, including copy files or broken structure?
Pavtube iMixMXF or MXF Converter for Mac, a professional C300 MXF Converter with the functions of copying or converting video files together. Let's have a look here!
Step 1. Download Mac C300 MXF video converter and launch. You can see this button on main interface if want to copy your MXF files. Also, tick the clips you like on the left list. From' Add from folder', there's no worries about broken structure.
Step 2. For those who want to convert your videos to other formats, click the 'Format Button' to choose suitable items for FCP, iMovie, Avid or Premiere, etc. Also other phones or PC are included. Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc. What's more, Multi-track output can also be provided!
Step 3. Additional 'Editor' for those primary users is a convenient item too. Trim, Crop, Text Watermark or Subtitle.
Step 4. You wanna adjust your video size, bitrate or frame rate? Click 'Settings'and you'll know much!
If you have done all above, 'Convert' to start your work.
So nice a C300 MXF footage converter! Have you still need to worry about the problem with editing your C300 MXF footage when it all goes wrong?
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