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Jul 05

3D Workflow: Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD footage and FCP

“I’m trying to get an idea of the workflow associated with shooting/editing 3D footage Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 in FCP. The final output will be uploaded to YouTube for web viewing. Please let me know if I’m forgetting anything.”

Panasonic’s AG-3DA1, a full 1080p 3D video recorder with twin lenses and dual 2 megapixel 3MOS sensors was revealed in 2009 and it is considered as the cheapest but professional camcorder on the market. It records Full HD 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p AVCHD videos with 25.5-inch 3D LCD monitors, which is a great helper for professionals, such as movie producers, photographers. After recording stunning video clips you would like to edit them in video editing programs like Final Cut Pro, while you may meet the trouble with video import because AVCHD is not the compatible video codec for FCP including FCP 6, FCP 7, FCP X. It would take a long time to import AVCHD files into FCP with Log & Transfer, which is a process of rendering AVCHD MTS files to FCP native ProRes codec. The best way is to transcode Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD to FCP acceptable ProRes format first before import, and it saves time and remain video quality.

How to transfer and edit Panasonic AG-3DA1 AVCHD in FCP without rendering?

1. Free download Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac – A powerful 3D AVCHD to FCP Converter.

Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac does a great job on transcoding AVCHD MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS files to FCP ProRes format with less video quality; Plus, this application supports video playback on many various devices, such as Samsung Galaxy S4, Surface RT/Pro, new iPad, Apple TV 3, etc.

2. Add Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD MTS files.

Copy your files from Panasonic camcorder to Mac hard drive, click “Add video” icon on Pavtube to load AVCHD MTS files.

3. Select output format.

From the Format list, you would find “Final Cut Pro” template and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) to get FCP friendly files.

4. Custom output settings and Edit video clips optionally.

You are able to adjust profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, size, etc to get better video quality in saved files.

Meanwhile, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter Mac provides video editor options to help you customize videos, including trimming, cropping, merging into one file, splitting. Do what you need to get optimized video clips.

5. Convert Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD footages to Apple ProRes for FCP.

On Pavtube main UI, click “Convert” button and conversion begins. When finished, find generated MOV files by clicking “Open” icon. Start transferring Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD video footages to FCP for video editing.


Jun 28

Convert Sony HDR-SR10E AVCHD MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer

HDR-SR10E is one of Sony entry-level Handycam series with high video quality and high definition, as well as Face Detection and Super SteadyShot for automatically beautiful pictures. It records 1080i HD videos in AVCHD file structure with extension of .mts, and the integrated 40 GB hard disk drive enables you keep lots of compressed mts files at them same time; around 290 minutes of recording time at full 1920×1080 resolution.

For most Mac users, people like to edit their footages on mac native NLE programs such as FCP, iMovie as well as Avid Media Composer; but when it comes to Sony HDR-SR10E, you have to work with the AVCHD MTS videos firstly—transcode HDR-SR10E MTS to Avid Media Composer compatible codec for further editing. Try this Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, you can easily accomplish this within a few clicks.

How to convert Sony HDR-SR10E AVCHD MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer on Mac?

Step 1. Connect your Sony HDR-SR10E to Mac; run this Pavtube Mac MTS to Avid Converter installed, click the top left two icons to load individual videos or the entire folder.

Step 2. Click “Format”, choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as the best video codec for using in Avid Media Composer.

You can choose to fix the presets by clicking “Settings”; video size, bitrate, frame rate, all included here.

Step 3. Click the red circle at right bottom to start converting Sony HDR-SR10E MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer. Wait for a while or check “start streaming server after conversion”, you can edit the converted video in Avid Media Composer smoothly.



Jun 25

Transform Sony Alpha NEX-3N AVCHD MTS to ProRes for FCP on Mac

This guide aims to help you quickly convert Sony Alpha NEX-3N AVCHD to FCP on Mac, with which you can easily get your footages working in portable devices or other traditional NLE editing programs.

“Hi, I some videos shot with a Sony NEX-3N, they are great; but I am new to mac and don’t know how to deal with the footages in FCP, it seemsthe AVCHD files are not supported by FCP. What can I do? Thanks!”

Sony Alpha NEX-3N is one of the latest entry-level models from Sony, with lower price than its predecessor but remaining most useful features such as excellent 16 megapixel image sensor, changeable lens and good video performing. All these features together contribute to make Sony NEX-3N to be an excellent camera for recording vivid videos.

As for video shooting, Sony NEX-3N can shoot 1080/24p or 60i footages which are wrapped in AVCHD, or you can choose to output mp4 format.

Unfortunately, most traditional NLE editing programs on Mac including FCP, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE don’t favor AVCHD .mts videos natively. To edit Sony Alpha NEX-3N AVCHD footages in FCP on Mac, you’d better transform Sony NEX-3N AVCHD footages to FCP compatible Apple ProRes codec for further editing.

How to transform Sony Alpha NEX-3N AVCHD MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP?

Step 1. Load Sony NEX-3N AVCHD MTS files.

Get this Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac installed; Connect your Sony Alpha NEX-3N to your Mac via USB, or insert your SD card to Mac, browser the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Launch the Mac app, click to top left two icons to load individual videos or the entire folder.

Step 2. Select best video format for FCP.

Click on the “Format”, you would see all profiles for different programs and devices. It’s recommended to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the most compatible video codec for FCP.

Tip: You are able to adjust profile preset before conversion by clicking “Settings” which is marked as 3 above. But it’s better to use the default profile settings because they are the most optimized for each output devices.

Step 3. Transform Sony Alpha NEX-3N AVCHD footages to Apple ProRes 422 MOV.

Click the “Convert” button to start the fast transcoding Sony Alpha NEX-3N MTS to ProRes on Mac. Once finished, you could locate the generated .MOV files by clicking “Open” icon and load these converted files to FCP for video editing on Mac.

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Jun 13

Convert Canon XF305 MXF to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444 for FCP 7

Question 1:

“I’ve run into a problem with a project. I copied the entire card file structure of XF305 onto a hard drive, installed all the right codecs…and it’s telling me the file structure is invalid. My question is, can I still have all the videos and work them in FCP7?”


Answer: Yes the Canon XF 305 output MXF files. The file structure original is well organized and video/audio are named correspondingly in different folders. As long as you didn’t change the file name, it could be detected. I believe you need a Canon XF305 MXF to Apple ProRes Converter to transcode these files to other formats for FCP7 so that you can get the video with full audio streams.

Step-by-step: How to convert Canon XF305 MXF to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444 for FCP 7 editing?

Note: To convert MXF video you need to transfer the whole MXF file structure to Mac HDD, because MXF systems produce split-file A/V (that is, the video and audio stored in separate files).

Step 1. Load MXF video files.

Connect your camcorder to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MXF files to Apple hard drive disk.

Install and run Pavtube MXF to Apple ProRes Converter.

Click “Add video” button to import your MXF files to the best Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. Or click “Add from folder” button to load the MXF folder. The software will find corresponding audio content by itself and mix it to video during conversion.

Step 2: Select Apple ProRes as output format for FCP 7.

Click “Format” bar and move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422” or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ” or “Apple ProRes 4444” as the output format.


1. You can also click “Settings” button, set bitrate and frame rate if necessary: 1920*1080 video size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60i videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50i videos).

2. Click “Edit” button, you can trimcrop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

3. If you want to edit MXF files in iMovie or FCE, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the step 2.

Step 3. Click a big red button, start converting XF305 MXF to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444with best audio and video synchronization for editing on FCP 7. Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac supports batch conversion.

Note: If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

After conversion, you can import Apple ProRes video files to Final Cut Pro for editing without problems.

If you have problems when importing or editing your MXF video files, you can check out “Pavtube MXF Column“, “FCP Column” or “Canon Column” to get your solutions.


Jun 07

Transcode Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS video to Sony Vegas

Have you been in love with the stunningly beautiful 1920x1080p Full HD videos you create and capture by Sony Handycam? Nowadays, Sony Handycam camcorders are very popular in the parks and tourist attractions, it’s an exciting thing to record vivid videos.

May be you have recorded many beautiful footages by Sony Handycam camcorders, you may need to import them to Sony Vegas software for editing then you can share them with your family or friends. How to import Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS files to Sony Vegas for editing? If you often use Sony cameras or camcorders, you may have the need to load Sony recorded AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to Sony Vegas editing software. But, AVCHD format is not very well to Sony Vegas, you may encounter different problems, such as importing problems, 1080/60p import problems, and can’t edit the video smoothly, etc.

What’s the best format to edit in Sony Vegas? WMV format is perfect. WMV format is well supported by Premiere, Sony Vegas and other editing software runs on windows OS. So if you want to edit Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS/M2TS in Sony Vegas software, you’d better to convert Sony Handycam AVCHD to WMV for Sony Vegas, and then you won’t have any importing or editing problems.

Fortunately, the following article introduced a powerful Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for converting Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS to WMV files for editing on Sony Vegas. Below is a guide:

First, download Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter, it’s an excellent Sony Handycam MTS to Sony Vegas Converter.


1. Install and run this Sony Handycam AVCHD Converter, import the videos you want to convert.

2. Click format bar to choose output format for editing in Sony Vegas, you can click and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv), it’s presetted for Sony Vegas.

You can click “Settings” button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, frame rate and audio parameters.

3. Click “convert” button to start converting Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS to WMV for Sony Vegas.

With this excellent Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS Converter, you can convert Sony CX130, PJ760V, HDR-PJ790V, HDR-PJ780, HDR-PJ650V, HDR-CX430V, HDR-PJ430V, HDR-PJ260V, HDR-CX160 to Pinnacle Studio, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Cyberlink, Windows Movie Maker, iPhoto, etc.


Jun 03

Convert Nikon D7100 footages to Quicktime MOV for playing and editing on Mac

“We shot some videos with a Nikon D7100 from a friend, but somehow these mov files could not playback smoothly in quicktime? We can watch them normally on camera without jerky so the videos are ok. Can someone help?”

Nikon D7100 is a newly launched high-end DSLR camcorder, with the 24.1-megapixel enthusiast-level device and price tag topping the £1,000 marker. It is equipped with some new features, such as the DX-format CMOS sensor of 24.1 effective megapixels and the high-performance EXPEED 3 image-processing engine without a low-pass filter, which enable sharp focusing with high resolution. The incredible combination of the high pixel count and the full HD quality of the D7100 can be enhanced further with NIKKOR lenses, which offer superior rendering performance made possible with Nikon’s own optical technologies.

However, you may have hard time editing Nikon D7100 1080p MOV footage in QuickTime player, for it is H.264 encoded high-def streams. Many nonlinear editing programs on mac do not support H.264 codec directly, not even QuickTime player.

If you have a powerful PC with powerful editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 (or Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD, Avid MC) installed, it won’t be a problem for playing and editing the 60D footage, otherwise you may get involved in playing back and editing issues. In that case, many people convert the H.264 codec into other codecs that are more common, e.g. Quicktime mov format. So is there an easy-to-use converting program to help with this?

I’ve tested a lot and finally found this Nikon H.264 MOV to QuickTime MOV Converter is exactly what I need. No need to install third party plug-in, no need to fix the settings manually, just import, choose QuickTime MOV, and click Convert; it’s just as simple as that. The software does a good job in editing H.264 .mov files directly and easily convert Nikon D7100 video to AVI, WMV, MPG, FCP, iMovie/FCE, etc. You can also remux, Trim, cut, split, mix videos, overlays, add 3D effect to D7100 H.264 footages. Now Mac 10.8.3 is supported, feel free to have a try!

Now get this Nikon MOV converter for Mac installed; you can order a license directly or download a trial version here.
Ok let’s move on.

How to convert Nikon D7100 footages to Quicktime MOV for playing and editing on Mac

Step 1. Connect your Nikon D7100 camera to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MOV files to Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Add Nikon D7100 1080p H.264 MOV videos to Nikon to quicktime Video Converter for Mac.

Run this Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, and click the “Add Files” button to load individuals mov videos; or you can click “Add from folder” to load the entire folder.

Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format.

Click the “Profile” option, you will find various video formats sorted by different programs/devices. To get high video quality with least quality loss, you can choose Common Videos>MOV-QuickTime(*.mov).

Click “Settings”, you can fix the size to 1920*1080 to get better video quality; also you can fix the bitrate, frame rate as what you need.

Step 4. Now click the big red “Converter” and wait for a while to get the fresh hot converted video. Click “Browse” to locate them directly. Ok now the transcoded files now are ready for editing and playing back in QuickTime Player.

This HD Video Converter is not only capable of converting Nikon footages, but also able to convert various video formats to each other. Refer to here to learn how to convert CanonPanasonic and Sony footages to iPadFCP or Apple TV, etc.

Nikon Cameras Related Guide


May 27

Want to learn more about the Sony F5 and F55?

I’m running an in depth and extensive workshop on Sony’s PMW-F5 and F55 cameras in LA on the 4th of June at AbelCine. This workshop is for DP’s and DiT’s and will look at how to setup and configure the cameras in their various modes. Lens choices and lens options, rigs and accessories as well as exposure levels with standard/Hypergammas, Log and RAW.

  • More Details below. You can book a place HERE.

The Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 both offer a Super 35mm, CMOS image sensor, wide dynamic range, high sensitivity, and an extensive variety of internal recording options. DoP and DIT, Alister Chapman, has put together a course on how to use these powerful tools in a variety of ways, including Raw recording, Log Recording, and Video with Scene Files.

This workshop covers the many functions of the F5 and F55, including detailed instruction on camera operation, lens choice, production techniques, and aftermarket accessories. We will discuss the similarities and differences of the these two cameras as well as the AXS-R5 Raw Recorder, viewfinders, lenses and 4K monitors. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the camera sensor, internal recording options, lens choice, and menu systems.


Part 1: Camera Functionality

  • Camera and system overview
  • Lens considerations and options
  • The practicalities of working with 4K:Choosing between 4K XAVC and 4K raw.
  • Managing your data.
  • Proxies and off-line workflow

Part 2: Practical Appilcation

  • Camera Setup
  • Advanced camera setup including:Scene Files, Gamma Curves, S-Log, Raw
  • Latitude and Dynamic Range
  • Exposure with Log and raw
  • Film Style Exposure
  • Look Up Tables and on set monitoring
  • Saving and restoring scene files and other camera settings
  • Exposure setting and measurement. (light meter / waveform /  monitor only)
  • Making use of the high dynamic range
  • Lighting considerations
  • Shooting for grading
  • Shooting using higher speeds and S&Q motion
  • Workflow
  • Offline – Online editing
  • Grading footage, how far can you push it?
  • Q & A / Hands-on time

Sony F5 and F55 XAVC videos Tips

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May 23

2013 The Easiest & Best Video Editing Software for Beginners – Pavtube Media Magician

Are you a beginner of video editing? Do you want to edit the hundreds of movies shot by cameras, camcorders, Smart Phones, and tablets in various formats? Do you want to save your storage space by trimming and deleting unwanted parts from MTS or M2TS videos without quality loss? Do you want to convert camcorder videos into Apple ProRes, AVI, or other formats for better editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid Studio, Adobe Premiere, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, etc? Do you want to remove ads from TiVo shows and watch them on your tablets, SmartPhone or Apple TV?

If yes, you can do all of the above with one simple and easy video editing software for beginners, Pavtube Media Magician, or its Mac version, Pavtube Media Magician for Mac.

Free Download and Trial for Windows or Mac

Satisfied with it? Ready to Buy? Leaked a way for you to save money: if you buy Pavtube Media Magician in Facebook Giveaway page, you will Get 45% OFF, Save $20, God! Awesome! If you are camcorder fans, this product is absolute value for money!

What can Pavtube Media Magician (for Win or Mac) help you?


Camcorder footages: MXF, AVCHD(MTS, M2TS), AVCHD Lite(MTS, M2TS), MOV,TOD, MOD, etc.

Other video formats: *.avi,*.divx, *.wmv, *.wma, *.asf, *.dvr-ms, *.wav, dts in wav, *.rm, *.rmvb, *.ra, *.mov, *.qt, *.mp4, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.dv, *.m4b, *.m4v, *.m4a, *.aac, *.flv, *.f4v from YouTube, Hulu, Fox, etc., *.dat, *.mpg, *.m2v, *.m2t, *.m2ts, *.ts, *.tp, *.evo, *.mkv, *.dv, *.flc, *.fli,*.gxf, *.pss, *.mvi, *.mtv, *.vdr, *.pmf, *.pva, *.k3g, *.vp6, *.nsv, *.nuv, *.dmskm


Common format: MPEG-2 (*.mpg), MPEG-4 (*.mp4), *.avi, *.wmv, *.mov, *.mkv, *.m2ts

Device: Andoid Tablets and smart phones, Windows Tablets and smart phones, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, HD Player, PSP/PS3, HDV


  • For Windows: Avid Media Composer (*.mov), Adobe Premiere & Sony Vegas (*.wmv, *.mov, *.mpg), Adobe After Effect(*.mpg, *.mov), Cybelink PowerDirector (*.avi, *.wmv), Pinnacle Studio(*.mp4, *.mpg).
  • For Mac: iMovie and Final Cut Express (*.mov), Avid Studio (*.mov), Adobe Premiere (*.wmv, *.mpg, *.mov), Adobe After Effect (*.mpg, *.mov), Apple Aperture (*.mov), Final Cut Pro (Apple ProRes MOV).

Lossless: Original format (*.mts, *.m2ts, *.mod, *.tod), MKV (*.mkv)

Online: YouTube (*.mp4, *.webm)


Import/ backup/ manage camcorder footages
The smart camcorder wizard helps connect camcorders to PC and import directly from camcorder or backup camcorder videos to local.

Lossless output from AVCHD MTS to MTS or MKV
Output Apple Prores MOV, lossless MTS/MKV, MPEG-2/4, AVI/WMV/MOV/MKV/M2TS.

Output Apple ProRes MOV for editing in FCP without rendering (Mac only)
As long as you have right version of FCP installed, you can output Apple ProRes MOV like Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 4444, etc.

Timeline editing easily trim, cut, delete, and join
To output videos you can drag relative source from resource list and trim, cut, delete, and join. You can seek the clip frame by frame.

Add 3D and other special effects to clips on timeline
Want to get 3D effect to your clips? It’s easy with Media Magician. Just a one click, you can add the effect. And you can also add simple Gauss blur, old film, etc.

Enlarge or reduce original volume
If the volume is too large or too small, you can drag bar in Volume Adjustment section to enlarge or reduce.

Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
For footages shot with low light or bad color, you can easily make them better with the help of brightness, contrast, and saturation adjustment.

Easily choose output formats with one click
With the preset output profiles, you can choose the right settings with just one click.

Output different formats from the same sources on timeline
In conversion settings section, you can create several conversion tasks with different output formats and output from the same sources placed on timeline.

Directly upload videos to YouTube
The converted videos can be uploaded to YouTube directly as long as you have set your account and relative information.

Output M2TS, MPEG-4/2, MKV, MOV, WMV, AVI files
It supports output formats like M2TS, MPEG-4 (*.mp4), MPEG-2 (*.mpg), MKV, MOV, WMV, and AVI. You can reset parameters with ease.

Easy steps to edit videos with the easiest & best video editing software

Step 1. Import video clips from hard drive or camcorder.

If importing from camcorder, clicking on the camcorder button, Media Magician will help you detect the camcorder videos. You can preview and choose which one to import, sort them by year/month/date/type, or backup files to Local hard drive.

Step 2. Before editing or converting, you must drag the imported clips to timeline.

On the timeline, you can cut, trim, delete, rearrange clips without difficulties.

Put your cursor on the preview window while the video is playing, you can choose the specific frames for trimming or cutting. If you imported original MTS or M2TS files with same parameters, trim and cut the videos on timeline, and choose lossless output format in conversion tab, you will get the MTS or M2TS files trimmed or cut without any quality loss. This will help you always keep useful clips and periods. Save your storage space and keep you from spending money on those expensive storage spaces.

Step 3. Edit the video by Add effects, adjust brightness and volume, etc.
You can go to the right tabs to add special effects like aged file, simple gauss blur, gray, etc. If you shot the video in vertical or upside down, you can easily flip it to the right location with just one click. If the video is shot in dark environment, you can even adjust it to make it brighter. Volumes also can be enlarged or reduced easily.

If you like, you can also add red-blue or red-green 3D effect to the video.
Note: Options in this section will not take effect on the clip if you want to output lossless video formats.

Step 4. Choose the right output format and convert in batch.

Switching to the conversion tab, you can create conversion tasks by clicking the “+” button. Highlight a task on the left, and you can choose the output format on the right under relative category. Clips you placed and edited on the timeline can be output into different formats in batch.


1. Lossless: Only MTS/M2TS/MOD/TOD format videos with the same parameters can be output without loss. You can either output original format or MKV format.

2. Online: As long as you have inserted your account info, you can upload the output video automatically after conversion. And the video can be saved into MP4 or WebM format.

3. If you are using the Mac version, you can output Apple Prores format for importing and editing in Final Cut Pro without rendering. But you must install Final Cut Pro 7 or above in advance.

With the different output formats options, you can convert videos for editing in non-linear video editing software, Android/ iOS/ Windows 8 Tablets & Phones, uploading to Youtube and more. You will find it an all-in-one and intuitive video editor and converter.

Find the words too annoying? The following animation will show you the steps to edit videos with Media Magician.

Reviews from customers of Pavtube Media Magician and Pavtube Media Magician for Mac:

1. Works well on Windows 8. Successfully transcoded a .TiVo file to MP4 format.

– D.C.

2. Runs flawlessly on Win7. It does lots of things Moviemaker can’t do, like changing brightness etc. The conversions can be very useful as well. For me it is good to have. Thanks

– Sepp

3. …The benefit of lossless trimming for me is that often I set up one or more cameras at an event and let them roll, sometimes for hours. This is done in anticipation that something interesting might occur in that camera’s field of view in the next couple of hours. Out of all those hours there might only be a few minutes I really want to keep. This results in enormous files with only a few seconds of really good footage. Ideally I wish to keep only the good bits and delete the rest but so far I’ve found no way to extract the bits I want to keep and delete the rest without any loss of video quality…

– Doug Thompson

4. Installed fine on Mac 10.7 and Win 7 ultimate 64.

– Beth

5. Pavtube Media Magican! Perfect for my use. I shot movie of my younger daughter few years ago. And with today I succeed to take still pictures out of the movie. And same time I edited mistakes out of the movie. I highly recommend it for Mac users!

– Jari, Lahti, Finland

6. Very nice program. I can now leave my PC and some of the editing software I’ve purchased over the years and now use my Mac with Media Magician. I just converted a bunch of Thanksgiving and Christmas videos and added some cool effects as well.

– Trey, Dallas, Texas

7. A very good program, I was able to import an AVI file, crop it to size, then imported an MP4 file, added the two files together play them without rendering and exported to an MKV file within minutes. Highly recommended.

– Stuart, Wordsley, West Midlands


May 22

Free and Best 6 MXF Converter for Mac programs reviewed

MXF is a file format for the exchange of programme material between servers, tape streamers and to digital archives. MXF bundles together video, audio, and programme data, such as text – together termed essence – along with metadata and places them into a wrapper. MXF does not force the use of certain video or audio compression types but also the internal index and partition structure can vary. The body can be based on several different types of material (essence) including MPEG, DV and uncompressed video and audio, it also uses the SMPTE KLV data coding system, which has the advantage of being a recognized standard.

The MXF container is not so widely accepted as MP4, QuickTime MOV, and M4V format. Neither does QuickTime plays MXF format nor does iTunes stream MXF files. Professional editing software like Final Cut Pro and Avid support a range of MXF footage (but not all of them), while iMovie won’t let your import MXF to at all. That’s where MXF Converter comes in (learn how to convert MXF files on Mac). This article outlines the Free and Best 6 MXF Converters for Mac programs reviewed, go ahead to learn and compare them by yourself.

  • Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac
  • Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac
  • Calibrated{Q} MXF Import
  • MXF4mac Player
  • MXF Import QT
  • Pavtube Media Magician for Mac

1. Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for users of Panasonic P2 camcorders and Canon XF series cameras. It lets you imports P2 MXF, XDCAM, and Canon XF .mxf footage and export editable Apple ProRes/DVCPRO/HDV/Avid DNxHD/AIC codec so as to import to video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and more. More than generating editable files for video editing software, Pavtube Mac MXF Converter also comes with optimized format presets for almost all popular multimedia devices, such as iPad, the new iPad 3, iPhone, iTouch, Apple TV 3, Motorola Xoom, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700, Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Tablet, Samsung Galaxy S3, Acer Iconia Tab, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy X S II, PS Vita, PS3, Xbox 360, etc. In general, the Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac offers best MXF Playback and Import solutions with its extensive output options and flexible settings.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • 1G Hz or above Intel processor
  • 512 MB physical RAM (memory) or above
  • 1024*768 or higher resolution display.

Price: $29

2. Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac

Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac can convert MXF file to other popular video format like MP4, MPG, 3GP, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, VOB, SWF, DV, M4V, and MOV, etc. on Mac. Also this application supports converting MXF to 3D videos on Mac. You are allowed to convert MXF recordings to other video format that can play well on any portable devices such iPad 2, The new iPad, iPhone 4S, iPod, Apple TV, and Android devices, etc. It also has multiple editing functions to help you edit different MXF recordings instead of professional video editing software.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or above
  • Intel processor
  • 512MB RAM, Super VGA (800×600) resolution
  • 16-bit graphics card or higher

Price: $29

3. Calibrated{Q} MXF Import

Calibrated{Q} Import components are QuickTime components for NATIVE Importing and Playback of supported MXF or XDCAM EX MP4 Files in QuickTime Player and CatDV on Windows & OSX, and in Final Cut Studio 2 & 3 Applications, and in Final Cut Pro X (MXF files only) and other QuickTime enabled applications on OSX. With Calibrated{Q} MXF Import, you can import and work with DNxHD .MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.0/5.5/6.0, Adobe After Effects CS 5.0/5.5/6.0, or Adobe Media Encode CS 5.0/5.5/6.0.

System Requirements: Mac OSX (Intel) 10.5/10.6/10.7

Price: Free for 30 days

4. MXF4mac Player

MXF4mac Player can open most MXF variations. It supports, XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, JPEG2000 (optional with J2K Codec) , DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more.The MXF4mac Player is also able to play Panasonic P2 XML documents like movie files with video and audio linked together. Of course it is compatible to QuickTime movies and more (e.g. .mp4, .avi, .m4v, .wav, .aif, .aiff). Open or just drag nearly any flavour of MXF files into the MXF4mac Player to watch it, even in full screen.

System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8

Price: $0 (freeware)

5. MXF Import QT

MXF Import QT is an advanced MXF reader for QuickTime that supports MXF variations from broadcast media, ingest, transcoding, playout devices, hard disk recorders, and MXF-based software. MXF Import QT is a versatile solution for direct conversion-free, real-time MXF access and editing that works with Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Pro. It allows natively open and access a broad range of MXF variations without converting or referencing to the QuickTime movie format. The unique integration enables Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server and other solutions to directly work with native MXF media.

System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8

Price: 499 EUR

6. Media Magician for Mac

Pavtube Media Magician for Mac is a useful timeline-oriented video editor and converter. It helps edit and convert not only camcorder videos, but also MXF, MTS, TS, Tivo, MKV, FLV, and so on for further editing in non-linear editing software, watching on iOS/Android/Windows RT tablets and phones, or direct uploading to YouTube.

It features smart camcorder wizard, lossless trim/cut MTS/M2TS frame by frame, preset optimized output formats, Apple ProRes encoding (for Mac only), 3D effect adding, and more for you to explore.

Nowadays, kinds of camcorders record videos in HD or Full HD. Professional Photographers like to edit their camera clips without quality lossless. So as to keep the video quality as good as original. With a mac computer, there are many useful editing software. Like FCP (X), FCE, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Avid Studio, iPhoto etc. If you often use such editing software, you may find, each editing software has the most suitable codec for editing. Which will help us maintain video quality to a large extent. For example, FCP series prefer Apple ProRes codec, while Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) is most suitable for iMovie or FCE. However, our camcorders record videos in kinds of video formats, when you import them into the editing software, sometimes, it will take a long time for rendering. In fact, it’s the process of transcoding.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • 1G Hz or above Intel processor.
  • 512 MB physical RAM (memory) or above.
  • 1024*768 or higher resolution display.

Price: $49


May 21

Top 5 Best Free Video Editing Software for Mac Users

This article introduces the Top 5 Best Free Video Editing Software for Mac users. Get the best free video editor for Mac and edit your videos freely on Mac OS.

Many people are looking of free Mac video editing software since they have tons of videos and are eager to edit the videos either for better presentation or preservation. Are there any free video editing software for Mac users that are really good? Many people ask this in forums. And here we list the 5 best free video editor for Mac for your reference.

  1. Apple iMovie
  2. Avidemux
  3. Blender
  4. ZS4 Video Editor
  5. HyperEngine-AV

Top 5 Best Free Video Editing Software for Mac

Top 1. Apple iMovie

iMovie comes with every new Mac (OS X) and you don’t need to pay extra money for it. The latest iMovie 11 is a great and free video editor for the Mac with many great features such as movie trailer, one step effect, audio editing, etc. And in just a few steps, you can share your movies to YouTube or export videos for your iPhone, iPad, etc. However, iMovie is only free if you buy a new Mac. And when getting started with iMovie, you will find it hard to master this software. All in all, iMovie is one of the best free video editing software for Mac users and receives good reputation. You can learn some iMovie video editing tips and trick at how to use iMovie.

Note: iMovie supported video formats are very limited to MP4, MOV and M4V. If you want to edit videos in other formats in iMovie, you can use a Mac Media Magician to convert your videos first. Otherwise, you should turn to other Mac video editing software which supports many video and movie formats, like Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (Windows version is available too).

Top 2. Avidemux

Avidemux is another great free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux and BSD under the GNU GPL license and supports a variety of video, image and audio formats, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4, MOV, ASF, JPG, AAC, AC3, etc. High compatibility with many video formats is the highlight of this free video editing software for Mac.

However, the video editing functions are limited. If you want more video editing functions (such as: lossless trim, split, cut, rotate, flip, timeline editing without rendering and merge etc.), you can turn to Pavtube Media Magician for Mac, which costs $49, but can help you edit your videos much better and directly upload videos to YouTube. Support Mac Mountain lion 10.8.

Top 3. Blender

Blender is a free 3D graphics application and considered as one of the best free video editor for Mac. It can be used for modeling, rigging, texturing, UV unwrapping, skinning, animating, rendering, water and smoke simulations, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including animated film, video games, or other visual effects.

Blender has lots of advanced features like powerful character animation tools, modifier-based modeling tools, a node-based material and compositing system, Python for embedded scripting and so on.

Like Avidemux, Blender is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Top 4. ZS4 Video Editor

ZS4 Video Editor is a free video editor for Mac which provides media experts with a facility to combine a variety of media types into one (or more) output file(s). Besides Mac, it is also available for Windows and Linux.

ZS4 Video Editor comes with over 150 built-in video effects which can help you bring your videos to the next level instantly.

Top 5. HyperEngine-AV

HyperEngin-AV is a free video editing software for Mac used to capture, edit, organize process, and export video, audio, and text to create DVD quality movies and slide shows. It comes with twelve studio-quality effects from Arboretum’s Hyperprism suite of audio processors. Besides, it offers text features to display credits, section titles, or karaoke lyrics with fully editable font, size, type, color, style, alignment, and scroll direction. Definitely, HyperEngin-AV is really a good free video editor for Mac users.

Tips: If you want to burn videos to DVD after editing, you can user Mac DVD Creator to help you, which can burn all regular videos and photos to DVD with professional-looking DVD menus.

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