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Canon XF305 to iMovie- Edit Canon XF305 1080i MXF in iMovie on Mac

The XF305, one of Canon’s first file-based professional camcorders, records MPEG-2 MXF (Media eXchange Format) files – up to 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 50Mbps (4:2:2) – to CompactFlash (CF) memory cards. The Canon XF305 also offers multiple recording bit rates, resolutions and variable frame rates to expand your creative flexibility, and allow you to work in virtually any production environment.

Have you put your hands on this professional camcorder? If so, you would have collected a pile of MXF recordings, and have you tried to import Canon XF305 MXF to iMovie for editing? Ever encountered some importing or editing troubles? If so, go through the page to find the solution.

As we know, iMovie is the free and useful part of the Apple Mac iLife, you can use it to edit your movie or camcorder video which is shot by yourself. It supports video files like MPEG2, DV, HDV, QuickTime Movie and MPEG4 but no Canon XF .mxf files. So, to freely edit XF305 MXF in iMovie on Mac, you need to convert XF305 MXF to iMovie compatible video format.

Canon MXF to iMovie Converter is the best Mac MXF Converter for you to convert MXF to iMovie on Mac. You can use it to convert/trasnscode Canon XF305 MXF files to AIC(Apple InterMediate Codec) codec MOV format, which is the iMovie perfectly supported one.

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Step 1: Connect Canon XF305 to your computer and launch the Mac MXF video converter to import 1080p MXF recordings to it.
a. Video and Audio are separate when it comes to MXF, but you do not need drop the Audio folder when loading .mxf files to the Canon MXF Converter, as the software will detect and find audio for corresponding video clips automatically.
b. If you wanna merge several MXF footages into one video, apply the “Merge into one” feature.

Step 2: Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and then move your pointer to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov), the best video format for iMovie. Afterwards, you can set the output folder.

(Optional) Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon to customize the audio/video settings for iMovie. You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in iMovie. (For original 50i/25p MXF video, frame rate should be in 25fps.)
Note: Before start the conversion, you’d better to deinterlace XF305 1080i MXF files first.

Step 4: Click the “Convert” button; it will start the conversion from Canon XF305 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie on Mac immediately. After the conversion, you can get the converted XF305 MXF to iMovie for editing without any trouble.

This professional Canon MXF to iMovie Converter can also help you to convert Canon XF305 to Final Cut Pro on Mac effortlessly.

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