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Convert Panasonic P2 MXF to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer editing smoothly


    As we know, P2 media is recorded in MXF format, and it offers a variety of formats to choose from (DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100), differing in bit depth (8 or 10 bits), scanning mode (Progressive or Interlaced) and also frame rate. No matter which P2 camcorder you are now having like AJ-HPX2100, AJ-HPX2700, AJ-HPX3000, and AJ-HPX3700, etc you probably would like to edit the recorded P2 MXF footage with an editing program, for example Avid Media Composer. While different problems occurred:

    Q1: Having Trouble with Avid Media Composer 6, P2 and XDCAM

    I had no idea that MC6 currently does NOT support P2 or XDCAM with AMA - Best I can tell Sony or Panasonic has not released updated drivers that support MC6 - My drivers for MC5.5 worked just fine with MC5.5 - but when I visit the update page - no drivers for MC6 are found.

    Q2: P2 mxf into MC5- cannot import the file into a bin

    I have a problem importing mxf files into my Avid Media Composer 5.0.3. Now with MC 5.0.3 I only have the import option, and any attempt to just import the files end up with an error message saying that I cannot import the file into a bin, and that I should check documentation.

    As you see, the Avid Media Composer including the recent version MC6.5 can’t handle the Panasonic P2 MXF videos well. The main reason is that MXF is not a natively supported format for Avid Media Composer. Plus, like the AVC-intra codec, it is a very processor heavy codec, which will bring more difficulty to play and edit these files. So, the best choice is to transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to DNxHD codec, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer.

    This article will show you the easy way to import Panasonic P2 camcorder recorded MXF files into Avid Media Composer by using Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac. The program is easy, clean and safe to install and use.

    Overall, the program is one of the best choices to help you achieve your goal smoothly. It supports converting Panasonic P2 MXF files to Mac friendly editing formats, DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, MPEG-2 and more - ensuring the best results when using Avid, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and more. In addition, you can encode MXF to any regular formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, 3GP, VOB and more for different uses. Also the intuitive interface makes the MXF footage on Mac conversion quite simple. Well, if you meet the incompatible issue on your Windows PC, please turn to Brorsoft MXF Converter to resolve it. Just download it and let's start the P2 MXF to Avid DNxHD conversion.

    Free download P2 MXF Converter for Mac:

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    How to Convert P2 MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer

    Step 1: Launch the recommended MXF to Avid Converter and then click the adding button to import your Panasonic P2 files to it. If necessary, you can click the box "Merge into one" to combine several videos to one file.


    Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.


    Step 3: If you would like to customize the video and audio parameters, you can click "Settings", adjust the parameters as you want, like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.


    Step 4: Click "Convert" to start to convert Panasonic P2 to Avid Media Composer DNxHD codec for native editing.

    Once the conversion completes, simply click “Open” button to get the converted DNxHD MOV files. And now you can bring the output MOV files into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5 to create your own masterpieces.

    Related guides:

    How to transfer P2 MXF to iMovie
    How to import Panasonic P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro
    How to get Sony Vegas work beautifully with P2 MXF footage