Converting MXF to ProRes 422 on macOS Sierra Quickly and Easily

MXF file is usually hard to deal with during video editing. Want to convert MXF to ProRes for smooth editing in Final Cut Pro on Mac (macOS Sierra)? Download the best MXF to ProRes here.


As we all know, the recorded video format by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series camcorders, etc., is MXF, which is the abbreviation of Material eXchange Format. It is an open file format, targeted at the interchange of audio-visual material with associated data and metadata. However, mainstream editing software on Mac OS – Final Cut Pro (even the latest FCP X) does not support MXF format. ProRes, a lossy video compression format that developed by Apple Inc., is a appropriate format for smooth editing in Mac. Thus, when you get many MXF videos and want to edit them with Final Cut Pro flawlessly, it’s better to take advantage of the ProRes codec. Simply follow this article to convert MXF video to ProRes(422, 422 HQ, 422 LT, 4444 ) on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) for working with FCP smoothly.

To convert MXF to ProRes quickly and easily, EaseFab Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. It’s an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality MXF converter, player and editor which is compatible with any Mac OS system including macOS Sierra 10.12. 10.9. I’ve used this tool for a long time rewrapping Canon XF100 and Panasonic P2 (AG-HPX300) MXF recordings for FCP X. With it, I can effortlessly transcoding MXF files for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro. If you’re editing MXF files with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Express, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it now and learn the step-by-step MXF to ProRes conversion.

So, what does the workflow look like?

Step 1: Install and launch the MXF to ProRes Converter, and then click “Add Video” button to import .MXF files./b

As you see, you should find the MXF video from one MXF whole structure folder, here I take my P2-dvcpro25 as an example: double click the P2-dvcpro25> CONTENTS> VIDEO, and then you can find the MXF file.


Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.

Step 2: Click the Profile icon to reveal output panel. And then select the “Editing Software” category to choose your desired format. You’ll find several ProRes formats are provided. Generally, ProRes or ProRes LT are suitable choices for MXF, MTS, M2TS, DV videos shot with camcorders. ProRes HQ is usually for film based source media. ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels.


Tip: You can click Settings button to set video resolution(1920*1080/1440*1080/1280*720/720*480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps) , frame rate (24p/30p) as you want.

Step 3: Click Convert button to start transcoding MXF to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the .MOV videos which can be directly imported to FCP 6/7/X. You’ve done.

Editor’s Notes:

1. Up to now, Final Cut Pro seems to work fine if you import your MXF footages directly from Panasonic P2, Canon XF cameras, but if you have already copied MXF recordings to your HDD or you download them from somewhere, the importing error may jump out. The reliable workaround we’ve found so far is to transcode MXF to ProRes for using MXF files in FCP 6, FCP 7, FCP X.

2. While importing MXF clips into the program for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder (like a P2 Card). If you only have some loose .MXF clips, you files will have image only without audio. See MXF file structure on Panasonic’s P2 card as below.


The above screenshot clearly shows .MXF clips are all saved in ‘VIDEO’ folder, while audio files are all stored in ‘AUDIO’ folder. When you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, EaseFab MXF Converter Mac is able to recognize audio tracks from ‘AUDIO’ folder automatically, which ensures the generated files have both image and sound correctly.

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