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Oct 31

FCP Workflow – Transcode/Import Panasonic AG-HPX371E MXF to ProRes for FCP 6

Question: How to import p2 .mxf files from Panasonic AG-HPX371E to FCP 6 for editing?

I filmed with two Panasonic AG-HPX371E camera’s movies earlier this week. Everything was filmed on P2 cards in 1080-50i (AVC I 50/50i). The program itself was a single shot of just over 65 minutes. On the P2 card it was broke down in separate files, six files of 10 minutes and 9 seconds (4,27 Gb) and one file with the final couple of minutes (about 1 Gb). How can import these files into FCP 6 for editing?

Answer: Transcode Panasonic AG-HPX371E P2 MXF to FCP 6 compatible codec.

I know Apple ProRes is the best codec for FCP, so you need to convert your Panasonic AG-HPX371E .mxf files for working in Final Cut Pro. I just find a program called Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac to convert your Panasonic AG-HPX371E P2 MXF files to Apple ProRes 422 format. Brilliant! You can give a try.

After conversion, once the format conversion is done, open up Final Cut Pro, choose “File > Import > Files…” to select and load the generated ProRes 422 MOV files to FCP for editing use.

Of course, if you want to import MXF Footage to Final Cut Pro directly from a P2 card, using a P2 card reader, the PCMCIA CardBus slot in your laptop, or the HVX200 camera itself. You can also import footage from a P2 card image that was offloaded to a hard drive. Final Cut Pro sees the P2 card as a volume and also sees the path to the card. The process for importing P2 clips is similar to standard importing, with some important differences. For example, importing P2 footage actually copies the media from the P2 card into your Capture Scratch folder and places a QuickTime wrapper around it to edit in Final Cut Pro. The following article link detailed shows how it works:


1. When converting MXF footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple ProRes), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.

2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video. The FCP X does not install the ProApps QuickTime Codecs automatically, so you need download and install the codec manually from

Product Introduction:

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is an easy-to-use and professional Mac tool for camcorder users. It is good at converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series, Sony XDCAM cameras to formats compatible with your video editing software like Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and more.

What’s more, Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac supports 1080/60i, 1080/50i MXF/P2 MXF deinterlacing to bring a better video effect and easier editing in multiple video editing programs. Plus, it’s available for you to edit MXF files with its preset video editing functions. You can crop MXF file, add a text/image/video into MXF file as watermark, adjust video effects(including 3D effect), etc as you like.

* Support any MXF footage from Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series, Sony XDCAM camcorders

* Transcode MXF files to Apple ProRes, AIC, DVCPRO, HDV, Avid DNxHD, etc.

* Convert MXF files to MOV, MP4, MKV, VOB, FLV, AVI, FLV, etc.

* Convert MXF to editable format for iMovie, FCP, FCP X, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, etc.;

* Support 1080/60i, 1080/50i MXF/P2 MXF deinterlacing

* Fully compatible with the iPad Mini, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPhone 5, Microsoft Surface, Nexus 7, Apple TV 3, PS Vita, Galaxy Tab 2, etc.

System requirements:

1G Hz or above Intel processor

Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)

512 MB physical RAM (memory) or above

1024*768 or higher resolution display

If you want to know more, visit MXF Column.

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