Amateur film-maker edits short films MXF in Final Cut Express

Summary: This article is helping you to import Canon XF305/XF105/XF100/XF300/C300/C500/XF200/XF205 MXF to Final Cut Express, so you can edit short film MXF in FCE with easy.

I am an amateur film-maker.  I make short films telling stories about my friends. I shot my footage with a rented Canon xf305 and had to edit it using Final Cut Express: had to 

convert files from MXF to Apple Intermediate Codec. What I like most is the easy and quick of Aunsoft MXF Converter for Mac. It is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for 

camcorder users. It is good at converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2, Canon XF series and Sony XDCAM camcorders to formats compatible with your video editing 

software like Final Cut Express, iMovie, Final Cut Pro (X), Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and more. Below is a brief guide for you.

As we know, Canon MXF high-end camcorders, Canon C300, C500 and XF series, like XF305, XF100, XF105, XF300, XF200, XF205 are more and more popular for 

photographer, cameraman and film-maker thanks to its high quality videos. These professional camcorders record high-definition video footages in .mxf format. It’s good to 

maintain the high quality of the video by using MXF format, but this format is not compatible with editing software and other portable devices. 

So if you want to import MXF video to Final Cut Express on Mac and to get those MXF files work flaelessly in FCE without rendering time, Here I will share my workflow with 


Step 1: Import Canon MXF files 

Launch the MXF to FCE Converter. Click "add video" or "add folder" to load MXF clips. You can also directly drag files to the program. If you have multiple Canon MXF short 

films, you can select the “Merge into one” box to merge the files into one single file for FCE so that you can play these files without interruption. 

Step 2: Select an output format 

Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu. Move you pointer to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov). 

Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters. 

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface 

according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. 

You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in FCE. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, 

you can change the video size to 1440*1080. 

Step 4: Conversion

Click the “Convert” button, it will convert Canon MXF files to AIC for FCE on Mac immediately. When the MXF to AIC conversion process is 100% completed, you will be able 

to get the output short films for FCE by clicking on “import” button effortlessly. 


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