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However, when you tried to import some Panasonic P2 MXF files to Final Cut Pro X, you just find that this may be hard work, especially on Mavericks or Yosemite. With Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite introducing new features to Mac, it changes the way we are using a computer. Do you suffer similar problems when upgrading to Yosemite? Or still have such issue when working on Mavericks? (Learn how to batch Export From Final Cut Pro X)
Got frustrated? Keep reading for a brief how-to on the simple process for importing and editing Panasonic P2 MXF files in FCP X on Mavericks/Yosemite in a flawless way.
The reliable workaround I’ve found so far is simple; using the third-party program to transcode MXF to Prores, the most edit-friendly format for FCP X. Here Pavtube iMixMXF, an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality MXF converter, player and editor which is compatible with any Mac OS system (including OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite).
With it, I can effortlessly transcoding Panasonic P2 MXF files for smoothly editing in FCP X as well as FCP 7, Premiere Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Express. It will solve P2 MXF and FCP X incompatibility on Mavericks/Yosemite quickly and easily. It features with batch processing and joining of multiple mxf videos into one file. What’s more, the editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as you can control the content for conversion. If you’re using a Windows (Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista/XP) PC, try Pavtube MXF MultiMixer.
Workflow for importing Panasonic P2 MXF to FCP X on Mac Mavericks/Yosemite
Step 1: Import P2 MXF files to Pavtube iMixMXF.
Connect P2 camcorder to computer via USB cable, and launch iMixMXF. Load .mxf videos.
Note: While importing MXF videos to the Converter, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder’s P2 card. If you only have some individual .MXF clip, your files will only have image without audio after conversion.
Step 2: Choose MOV with Apple Prores output format.
Click on the “Format” bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the output format with high quality for FCP X.
Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3: Merge P2 MXF files into one. (optional)
Tick the checkbox for “Merge into one file”, and this Mavericks/Yosemite MXF Video Converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.
Step 4: Edit and trim P2 MXF videos. (optional)
Select the file you want to trim and click the “Edit” button, you will face the Edit window with original video and output video preview. You can enter exact time point as the set in and set out for trimming.
Step 5: Transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to Prores MOV on Mac Mavericks/Yosemite.
Click the “Convert” button under the preview window, and P2 MXF Converter will start the conversion from Panasonic P2 MXF to Prores MOV for FCP X on Mac Mavericks/Yosemite.
After conversion, import converted videos to Final Cut Pro X. Hopefully the guide above will be of some help for you. Also learn how to transcode Sony PXW-X180 MXF for editing in FCP X and upload P2 MXF to TV channel.