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Using MXF in Camtasia Studio 7/8

Using MXF in Camtasia Studio 7/8

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Camtasia Studio not support MXF files

With the powerful video editing software Camtasia Studio, you can create professional, eye-catching videos with the versatile editing tools offered by the application. However, one of the head-scratching issue for Sony/Panasonic/Canon owners is that Camtasia Studio not handle MXF files shot with those camcorders just as the conditions listed below:

“My organization just purchased Camtasia Studio 8. We have some video files to edit, but they are .mxf files. I can’t seem to get Camtasia to read these files. Are we just at a loss? Is there some way to make these files usable in Camtasia?”

Supported file types by Camtasia Studio for Windows/Mac

From Camtasia Studio supported file formats, we can see that you can only import the following file formats to the timeline of Camtasia (Windows) or Camtasia Mac:

The following formats are able to be imported into Camtasia (Windows) for editing:
– MP4 (AVC/h.264 codecs required; 30 frames per second or less)
– MTS and M2TS files. (Version 8.4 and later) You will need the AC-3 Filter if running Windows 7 or Winodws 8.0. See here for more information.
– MPEG-1
– MP3
– MOV H.264 and PNG MOV codecs are supported
– M4A

Formats can be imported into Camtasia on Mac
– TREC (Camtasia Recording files)
– MOV (QuickTime movie), DV, MPEG-1
– MP4
– MP3
– AAC (m4a)

Related article: TS to Camtasia Studio | Convert Video to Camtasia Studio | Import MOV to Camtasia Studio

Convert MXF to Camtasia Studio editing

Obviously, Camtasia Studio has excluded native importing support for MXF files. To import MXF to Camtasia Studio, you will need to find a third-party application to convert MXF to Camtasia editable file formats listed above. It won’t be difficult for you to find a program to perform the conversion, however, for those people who wish to preserve the multiple audio tracks in original MXF files when loading into Camtasia Studio, we highly recommend Pavtube MXF MultiMixer to you. The program has full support for all 4K/HD MXF files recorded with Sony XDCAM/Canon XF/Panasonic P2. You can not only use the program to convert MXF files to any of Camtasia Studio supported editing formats listed above, but also keep the multiple channels by transcoding MXF to Camtasia Studio compatible Multi-track MOV/MP4 formats.

Edit MXF with built-in editing editing tools

Before loading the MXF files into Camtasia Studio for some professional editing workflow, you can complete some simple editing work with the program’s built-in editing options. You can rearrange video file order to merge separate files into one file, trim or cut video to leave only you unwanted specific parts, deinterlace interlaced video into one file, crop video to remove the black edges or unwanted size area, add external subtitle to video, etc.

For Mac users, you can download the Mac version – Pavtube iMixMXF to perform the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite an Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

Step by Step to Convert MXF to Camtasia Studio Editing with Multiple Tracks Preserved

Step 1: Load MXF files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import Sony/Canon/Panasonic MXF files with multiple audio tracks into the program.

Load MXF file into the application

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Camtasia Studio supported multi-track formats such as “Multi-track MP4(*.mp4)” or “Multi-track MOV (*.mov)” under “Mult-track Video” main category.

Output Camtasia Studio supported Multi-track formats

Tips: You can also choose Camtasia Studio supported editing formats without multi-tracks if you don’t have the need to keep the tracks.

Step 3: Edit MXF files (Optional).

You can check the “Merge into one file” option to join  separate MXF files into one file, cut your favorite clips from MXF files or use the cropping function to remove unwanted areas. Deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, add external subtitle to video, etc.

Edit MXF video

Tips: The video editing option is disabled when you choose the “multi-track video” output formats.

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from MXF to Camtasia Studio supported Multi-track formats conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to import and edit MXF files with Camtasia Studio for Windows/Mac.


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