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Dec 04

Workflow for importing Canon EOS C500 MXF files to Final Cut Pro X on Mac

Canon has officially announced the EOS C500, a Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, our DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K, 2K and HD image acquisition. It is available with either PL- or EF- mount options.

For 4K and 2K recording, uncompressed output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G SDI ports. Dual HD-SDI monitor outputs support external live monitoring. Simultaneously, HD content can be written to dual onboard CF cards to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems.

The new Canon C500 is just hitting the streets, offering both internal 50 Mbps 422 recording, as well even higher quality outputs. The camera can output HD & 2K in 4:2:2 up to 120p, or 4:4:4 up to 60p, and uncompressed 4K Raw data up to 60p and 120p at half vertical resolution. It is released with plenty of applications where high image quality, extreme portability, and efficient workflow are of the great importance. The Canon EOS C500 shots videos with Canon’s XF Codec – a file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper. Although, there are some related plug-ins launched like Canon XF plug-in to solve the importing problems, when you transferring Canon C500 MXF files to Final Cut pro X, problems still come up. Such as: a Canon C500 user problem

“I’m working with a company that just invested in a few Canon C500 cameras which shoot in MXF format. We are trying to find a good workflow for making ProRess 422 Proxies from these MXFs. As it’s crucial to sync audio and video with timecode and relink back to the MXFs for editing on Final Cut Pro X. Is there any program you know can do such a job?”

According to the above problem description, The main reason for the importing issues is the MXF format is not compatible with Final Cut Pro X; the MPEG-2 codec and .MXF codec is not well for editing. To solve the problems, you just need a program to help you convert MXF files from Canon C500 to ProRes ProRes codec and keep original timcode, Good news that there is a program called Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac can help you do this. It not only converts Canon C300 MXF to ProRes 422 Proxy, but also keep the original timcode and without any video and audio problem. Plus, if you got 1080i MXF video from Canon C500, it can help you to deinterlace your files first for easier editing. You can download an free trail version from below to give a try.

Free Download and Install the App


Step 1. Run Pavtube Canon C500 MXF Converter for Mac, click “Add Video” button to load your source MXF clips or drag and drop the C500 MXF files to the converter. You are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

Tip: If you wanna merge multiple MXF files, you can tick off the “Merge into one file” box.

Step 2. Click the “Format” option, select the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(Proxy) (*.mov) or Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as target format. And navigate to the Final Cut Pro group, you will notice that there are profiles with Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov). Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) format is specially designed for using in Final Cut Pro X (include FCP 6/7). (The Apple ProRes 422(Proxy) (*.mov) codec is intended for offline editing and contains 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422).

Step 3. Adjust video and audio parameters. (Optional)

Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you need.

Step 4. When above steps finished, you can click “Convert” button to start transcode Canon C500 MXF to ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut Pro X with a super fast speed. with the excellent C500 MXF to FCP X converter, you can deal Canon C500 MXF files on Mac with best video and audio quality as you want.

After converting Canon C500 MXF files, just according to the following tutorial import the output Apple PreRes 422 .mov files to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro 6 for editing the video. Optimize your workflow and save time with the Apple ProRes compression for Final Cut Pro X. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express 4 (FCE 4) for editing in full HD.

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Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac can also help you convert Canon EOS C500 MXF files to Mac Compatible Formats like ProRes 422(*.mov), Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov), Avid DNxHD, XDCAM MOV, HDV, DVCPRO, MOV(AVC), h.264 MOV for editing software FCP (X), iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc or convert to other common formats such as MP4, WMV, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, AVI, and even H.264 MOV for other usages. Only need to change the “step 2”:

– choose “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” for Avid Media Composer

– choose “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” for iMovie or Final Cut Express

– choose “MOV (AVC) (*.mov)” for Adobe Premiere Pro

PS. View “MXF to Mac Column” on my blog, you can know more about how to import MXF files to other Mac Editing Software, i hope can help you learn more. A happy work.

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