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Transcode/Rewrap Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 MXF files to MOV for FCP on Mac

If you’re a big fan of Sony camcorder, you should know Sony XDCAM series camcorders, which is famous for stunning-quality HD images and provides extremely high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps at MXF format. Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 is one of the Sony XDCAM EX camcorders favored by many users.

Sony XDCAM MXF is also widely used in broadcasting station; however, it’s hardly supported well by some video edit programs such as iMovie, FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro. In most cases, we need to load and edit with the MXF format with these programs, especially on Mac. So, is there any way to solve the problem how to open Sony XDCAM MXF files on Mac like with Final Cut Pro?

Although Final Cut Pro includes support for the Sony XDCAM EX format after the installation of either the Sony XDCAM Transfer software or the XDCAM EX Log and Transfer plug-in software (for ingesting footage using the Log and Transfer window), in most cases, it’s still hard ingesting Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 MXF files.

To solve the issues, the best solution would be to convert Sony XDCAM MXF to MOV for FCP on Mac OS X. Here we recommend this top Sony XDCAM MXF Converter for Mac to help your transcode Sony PMW-350 MXF files to ProRes .mov, the most compatible format for FCP. If you wanna keep the XDCAM EX code, this Mac MXF Converter provides the XDCAM EX profiles to meet your needs.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Guide: Convert Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 MXF files to MOV for FCP on Mac

Step 1: Launch the best MXF to ProRes Converter on Mac. Click the button “File” to add MXF files to it. Check off the “Merge into one” box to join several MXF clips together.

Step 2: Click the format bar and choose Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for FCP editing.
Tip: If you wanna rewrap Sony XDCAM MXF to MOV keeping the XDCAM EX code, you can freely choose the XDCAM EX 1080p (.mov) as the target format.

Step 3: You can click “settings” to customize the output parameters: adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Here we recommend you just keep the original video size and native 23.98P frame rate for least quality loss.

Step 4: Press the Convert button; it will start to transcode Sony PMW-350 MXF to MOV for FCP on Mac OS X. After the successful conversion, you can easily import Sony PMW-350 MXF files to FCP for editing on Mac.


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