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How to import Canon XF300 .MXF footage into Premiere Pro

Canon XF300 is a very popular seller in the canon XF series. Following on the heels of its widely respected XH line of tape-based camcorders, the XF300 takes advantage of the latest HD technology--along with Canon's newly developed MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec--to record Full HD video to affordable Compact Flash cards. If you are looking for a way to use Canon XF300 footage in FCP for native file editing, read on this article to learn the tutorial.

Adobe claims although: "Enhanced Canon XF native support Preview Canon XF footage in the Media Browser panel and utilize camera metadata throughout your preproduction and post-production workflows. Spanned clips are displayed as a single asset in the Media Browser, reducing clutter." While, more than one XF300 user is having trouble using Canon XF300 MXF files in Premiere Pro.

As far as we know, MXF is a self-container format which is unacceptable by various non-linear editing systems (NLE) including Adobe Premiere Pro(CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC7), etc. In order to import the MXF files from Canon camera to Premiere Pro for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode Canon MXF files to Premiere Pro compatible video formats. Along with some help from a top MXF Converter, it can be done. Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the utility we recommend to you.

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF files converting and editing tool on Mac(Mac OS X Mountain Lion included) which can not only convert Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 or Canon C300, Panasonic P2 recorded MXF files, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The MXF Converter can losslessly transcode MXF videos for editing in Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft MXF Converter. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get MXF files to work beautifully in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Converting MXF to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1. Launch the Mac MXF Converter. Drag and drop .mxf clips to file list. The converter works with MXF shootings taken with Canon XF series.

Step 2. Hit the Format box and select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) or WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) as output format. If you wanna a relatively smaller video size, you’d better choose the fomer.

Step 3. Click on "Settings" to redefine output quality. You can also set a different video resolution (1920x1080/1440x1080/1280x720/720x480), frame rate (24p/30p), bitrate, audio channels, etc. For users who would like to retain exactly the same settings (without any quality loss), set target settings the same to source video.

Step 4. Click the Convert button under the preview window; the MXF converter will start transcoding Canon XF300 MXF to Premiere Pro more friendly video immediately. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Adobe Premiere Pro perfectly.

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