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How to Import Canon MXF Footages to iMovie on Mac OS X

Since the iMovie declaims that it can support the importing and editing workflow of the native MXF files from Canon Camcorders, including XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 and EOS C300/C500, you should find no problem while importing Canon MXF footages to iMovie. But it actually turns out to be a pain for Canon users because you will always find that iMovie seems not to support the MXF files.

As we all know that, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) is the most friendly video format of iMovie. So in order to make MXF files editable in iMovie, you have to transcode MXF to AIC so that you can easily get the converted MOV files to iMovie. You may be worried that the MXF to MOV conversion may reduce the high-definition quality of your MXF files and the conversion process seems to cost you a lot of time. With Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, you will find it is easy to convert MXF to AIC (MOV) with original quality at faster speed than other video converters you have tried. Now follow the step-by-step guide and you can get the MXF footages converted to AIC (MOV) for editing in iMovie.

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Step-by-step Guide & Tips:

Step 1: Free download and install the MXF Converter for Mac. Load your MXF files from Canon to it.

1. If you want to join MXF clips into one, please tick the box "Merge into one";
2. If you record two audio tracks into the camcorder, please insert the CF cards into your Mac and add your recordings from CF cards.

Step 2: Choose iMovie/Final Cut Express --> Apple InterMediate Codec (*.mov) as output format by clicking the format bar.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters of codec, size, bitrate, frame rate in Profile Setting, which you can find by clicking Settings.

1. If you record Full HD 1080/60i movies, 30fps is the recommended frame rate for you while 25fps for 1080/50i.
2. If you want smaller size for easy importing and converting, please reduce size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.

Step 4: Click the "convert" button and start converting/deinterlacing MXF to AIC (MOV) immediately.

After the MXF to AIC conversion for iMovie, you can transfer Canon MXF footages to iMovie effortlessly. Besides, the powerful Mac MXF Converter is designed with some useful editing features, including deinterlacing 1080i files, adding text/image/video watermark, cropping imported clips, replacing audio tracks, etc. In addtion, it can also change MXF to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere and other Mac editing software. Please go to the MXF Converter for Mac to get more info.

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