If you have used high-end camcorders, you may be familiar with the MPEG-2 MXF files, these MXF videos are often recorded by Canon XF, Panasonic P2 and Sony camcorders. Most MXF videos are in MPEG-2 codec, if you want to edit MPEG-2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro, you may find it takes much time to rendering; what’s more, you can’t edit the MXF files smoothly frame by frame, what’s the reason? That’s MPEG-2 codec is not well to FCP, as well as the MXF format. Final Cut Pro best supported format is Apple ProRes Codec MOV format, so the best way to import MPEG-2 MXF to Final Cut Pro is to transcode MPEG-2 MXF videos to ProRes MOV format, then you can import the footages without problems and edit them smoothly, you can follow the brief guide below.
1. Download and install Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac, it’s professional MPEG-2 MXF converter which can convert MPEG-2 MXF to AVI, QuickTime MOV and other formats you need.
2. Import the MPEG-2 MXF files/folder to the MPEG-2 MXF Converter.
3. Click format bar to choose the format for output, you can click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for use in FCP.
4. You can click settings button to adjust the resolution, frame, etc.
5. Click convert button on the main interface to start converting MPEG-2 MXF to Final Cut Pro.