Summary: With this awesome guide, you can smoothly import and edit Sony PMW-500 MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X by transcoding/converting PMW-500 MXF to ProRes MOV format.
We usually saw Sony PMW-500 Camcorder users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit their PMW-500 MXF files with Final Cut Pro 6/7 even FCP X. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.
Q1: Importinig Sony PMW-500 .MXF to Final Cut
What plug-in do I need to install so i can import and edit .MXF video files in Final Cut. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn’t work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.) [Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.5.]
Q2: Support for Sony MXF from PMW-500 in FCP X?
How do I import .mxf files into Final Cut Pro X? This is the latests and greatests software right? There must be a way. Help Please.
Q3: MXF files into FCP 6
I’m interested in the new Sony PMW-500, but I’m still working on an Apple G5 with FCP 6.0.6. Is there an application, plug-in, etc. for the older FCP to take in MXF files? [G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)]
As you see, many folks are talking about how to import Sony PMW-500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro for editing without problems. The thing is, even the lastest FCP X does not work with the Sony PMW-500 MXF codec. As far as I know, to ingest Sony PMW-500 media to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode the MXF footage to ProRes MOV format, which is natively supported by FCP. Along with some help from a professional Mac MXF to MOV Converter. it can be done.
To help those who wanna edit Sony MXF files in Final Cut Pro X/7/6, here I share with you a simple guide to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF files to Apple ProRes 422 MOV format.
Downloading the App - Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to ProRes Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Sony PMW-500, PMW-320, Sony FS700 recorded MXF files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF to MOV Converter can convert HD videos from Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305, and Panasonic P2 for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to achieve your goal smoothly.
Simple Guide: Transcoding Sony PMW-500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP 6/7/X
Step 1: Import MXF files from your Sony PMW-500 to the MXF to FCP Converter Mac.
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Sony PMW-500 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add files” button to browse to import MXF videos.
Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony PMW-500 mxf files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X under Mac OS.
Some more helpful features of the Free Mac MXF to MOV Converter:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
Once the MXF to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer Sony PMW-500 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out “Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "FCE, FCP, iMovie Column"to get your solutions.
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