Optimal workflow to edit Canon C300 MKII XF AVC files in Premiere Pro CC/CS6

Facing problems when importing 4K MXF files from Canon C300 Mark II to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 for further editing? If so, simply follow the article to find the best solution to solve the problem.

Even though 2K and full HD are still the standards for the majority of digital productions, 4K has undergone rapid growth. Even mobile phones offer 4K capture. So Canon C300 mkII is finally reaching users.

A new XF AVC codec that lets you record 10-bit, 4:2:2 4K files onboard. Other new specs and features on the Mark II include bit rates up to 410 Mbps, an improved dual-pixel CMOS auto focus, simultaneous 4K and HD proxy recording and 2K/UHD frame rates up to 120 fps. You can record 10-bit 4:2:2 at all resolution settings, but if you don’t need 4K, you can capture 2K or full HD at 12-bit 4:4:4 for better color reproduction, the same as with the C500.

While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing Canon C300 MKII XF-AVC files to Adobe Premiere Pro (Premiere Pro CC/CS6 included).

The XF-AVC is a new codec, which is not supported by Premiere Pro. Although Canon provides Canon XF Utility of XF-AVC, this does not enable us to import or transcode the files for use in Premiere Pro.

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Fortunately, there is an easy yet effective way to solve the problem. What we need is just use a third-party video encoding program to transcode the footage from the C300 Mark II to a more editing-friendly format, such a Premiere’s MPEG-2. I tried a few converters that didn’t work….Compressor of course didn’t work, Wondersoft Video Converter Ultimate my usual goto converter didn’t work… it converted audio but not video. The one that worked for me is EaseFab Video Converter (compatible with my macOS Sierra). It’s $27.96 USD. The program can easily import and convert Canon C300 MKII footage to MPEG-2 encoded MPG files which seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6.

Guide: Converting Canon C300 MKII 4K footage for Premiere Pro

Step 1. Add Canon MXF footage to the software

Run the top-rated MXF to MPEG-2 Converter. Click “Add Video” to load the source Canon MXF files. When the Canon MXF files are loaded to the program, you can view the videos from the Preview window.

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Step 2. Select output format

To work your C100 Mark II videos in Premiere CC/CS6/CS5, simply choose “MPEG-2” as the output format from “Editing” software.

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Tips: The default settings of the recommended presets work well and ensure a smooth editing. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start converting C300 Mark II 4K MXF to Premiere Pro

Click “Convert” button and the Canon C300 MK II 4K XF-AVC MXF files will be converted to MPEG-2 encoded MPG files immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Premiere Pro CC/CS6 perfectly.

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