Canon has recently announced the development of XF-AVC, a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. XF-AVC is mainly targeting professional-use 4K video camcorders, such as the most recent Canon XC-10 4K Camcorder, which delivers enhanced workflows across various stages of the production process, from shooting to editing.
“I just received my Canon XC-10 and was eager to import its XF-AVC 4K/1080p MXF to FCP 7 for editing. I ignored the negative comments I saw on the Web about importing into some editing software but since I have FCP 7, I figured that I’d be okay. Guess what? FCP 7 does not recognize XF-AVC 4K/1080p MXF captured by Canon XC-10. I get an error statement.”
Canon XC-10 uses XF-AVC movie recording format, employs the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, and stores shootings in an MXF wrapper. MXF is a “container” or “wrapper” format which supports a number of different streams of coded “essence”, encoded with any of a variety of codecs, together with a metadata wrapper which describes the material contained within the MXF file. MXF has been designed to address a number of problems with non-professional formats. Since XF-AVC MXF is not friendly with FCP, maybe transcoding XF-AVC MXF to FCP best supported ProRes is the most efficient way.
Today here we are going to seek a professional Mac MXF Converter to make the original MXF recordings to compatible codec for FCP. Made comparisons between third-party programs, Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac (review) fortunately can be the best MXF transcoding software to help us a lot. With the Mac app, you can not only convert Canon XF/Panasonic P2/Sony XDCAM MXF video to MOV, MPG, WMV, you also can batch convert MXF clips to ProRes 422 for FCP (X), AIC for iMovie/FCE, etc. with included Profiles.
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How to work Canon XC-10 MXF with FCP 6/7?
Step 1: Download Mac MXF Converter, and follow the prompts to install the program. When the installation is complete, the best MXF to FCP Converter will launch automatically.
Step 2: Click “Add video” button to load Canon XC-10 XF-AVC 4K 1080p MXF files or directly drag the files into file list. By default, the files are selected. You can delete files which you don’t want to import to.
Step 3: Click on the “Format” and you will get a drop down menu and then select “Final Cut Pro >>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, which is the best format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.
Step 4: (Optional) Click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920*1080/1440*1080/1280*720/720*480), bitrate (from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim MXF video, click “Edit” menu.
Step 5: Finally after above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding XC-10 MXF to ProRes for directly importing to FCP 6/7.
Conclusion: Additionally, here is also the guide on how to transfer files into FCP for editing, you can read more.