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Convert Canon C500 MXF files to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7 on Mac


    Canon has officially announced the EOS C500, the professional 4K video camera. A continuation of the concept of the C300, it can capture Raw 4K video footage and offers frame rates of up to 120fps in compressed 4K. It also supports full HD recordings with 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p frame rate. For trouble-free exchange of video and audio material, the EOS C500 uses the industry-standard Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its internal recording file structure.

    The Canon XF Codec and the EOS C500's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look can fully meet or exceed the filmmaker's expectations. With MXF, video and audio are interwrapped into a single file, together with important metadata about the project. 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 or some other editing programs iMovie, FCE, etc on Mac.

    Through some searches on Google some C500 users figured out to install Canon XF Utilities and Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro to recognize the MXF files, but frustratingly still FCP won’t recognize these files most of the time. That’s mainly because MXF is a container format that is really complex to handle. MXF to ProRes 422 Converter is the tool we recommend to get rid of the problem for you. As we know, Apple ProRes is the favorable format for Final Cut Pro. Well, this MXF video converter can help you to transcode MXF to ProRes for FCP keeping the original quality at its best.

    Guide: Convert Canon C500 MXF footages to FCP 6/7 on Mac OS X

    Step 1: Connect your C500 to Mac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the .mxf files to Apple hard drive disk. Launch the Canon C500 MXF Converter Mac to import your MXF files.

    Step 2: Click format column, you can choose the export format from Final Cut Pro profile list like Apple PreRes 422 (*mov), Apple PreRes 422(HQ)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov) that are all compatible for Final Cut Pro.

    Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon, you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel to optimize the output file quality. You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps(or 25fps for PAL), video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in FCP 6/7.

    Step 4: Hit the convert button to start converting Canon C500 MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7 on Mac OS X.

    Tips and tricks for MXF to FCP conversion:
    1. If you want to merge MXF files, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.
    2. You shouldn’t move the single MXF video out of the whole MXF whole structure folder, or the MXF video would be wrong such as without audio.
    3. To have easier editing in FCP with video interlacing problem, pleas tap Edit > Effect and then check off the Deinterlacing box for deinterlacing Canon C500 1080i MXF video.
    4. Get more MXF importing and editing tips from Brorsoft MXF column.

    When the conversion ends, tap the Open button to get the output ProRes .mov video. Now you can easily put the converted and deinterlaced Canon C500 MXF 1080i files to FCP 6/7 for editing without any trouble. You can also apply Mac MXF Converter to convert MXF video to FCE, iMovie, FCP X, Avid Media Composer, etc. Get more info from Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac.

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