Log & Transfer Canon C500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6 for editing on Mac
Summary: Trouble importing C500 MXF into Final Cut Pro 6? Is there a way I can import Canon C500 MXF files into FCP 6 for editing without rendering? With this awesome guide, you can smoothly import and edit MXF files in FCP 6 by transcoding MXF to Apple ProRes on Mac.
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Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera offers a Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition. It can record super high resolution (4096×2160 pixels) videos in MXF format which are seldom seen in the market. Other resolutions such as 2048*1080 and 1920*1080 are also selectable with this C500.
I tried to import my C500 clips to FCP 6 with L&T and I met the "The files are unsupported" message in L&G window. I searched many information to look for the reason and solve the importing problem, but I failed. Many users said that it was likely to be the system. So I have to start to look for a third party converter to convert C500 MXF. to FCP 6 on Mac OS X.
As we know, MXF format is not a common video format like AVI, MKV, MP4, and it is not supported by FCP 6 on Mac. Below is a guide for you to convert C500 MXF to FCP 6 with Apple ProRes 422 codec, then you can log and transfer C500 MXF in FCP 6 for editing smoothly.
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Bellow are the simple steps:
Step 1. Run Pavtube Canon C500 Mac MXF Converter for FCP, click "Add Video" button to load your MXF files directly from your EOS C500 camera, or from a CF card reader, or from the file folder that contains the source MXF videos stored on your computer's hard disk drive.
Step 2. Select "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as target format for Final Cut Pro (X) under "Final Cut Pro" option. it's the best format for editing Canon C500 MXF in Final Cut Pro 6.
Note: If you want output the compatible ProRes MOV file with all the audio tracks retained, Pavtube iMixMXF is the best multi-track software.
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 converting Canon C500 .MXF shootings to ProRes 422 for FCP 6 editing. Once the MXF transcoding finished, click "Open" button to get the generated ProRes files.
After conversion, launch Final Cut Pro 6, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you saved the converted MXF clips with multiple audio tracks to. Choose the files that you'd like to add.
Now you are free to log and transfer Canon C500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6 for smoothly editing.
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