Help with XF105/XF100 MXF in FCP 7:Transfer Full HD 50Mbps MXF from XF100/XF105 to Final Cut Pro 7

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Help with XF105/XF100 MXF in FCP 7:Transfer Full HD 50Mbps MXF from XF100/XF105 to Final Cut Pro 7

Post  lydia520622 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:53 pm

Summary: In this article, I will point out 2 ways that you can transcode Full HD 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec MXF videos from Canon XF100/XF105 for making five types of ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7 editing on Mac.The first Method is a free work for all Canon users and it can make FCP edit the native MXF videos, and it's free. But for me it is a tiring work and my computer doesn’t support pulgins well. Oppositely, the second way (not free) can easily solve the incompatible troubles easily.I am more in favor of it. Of course, deciding which method to use depends on your equipment and desired file format. Ok , let's start reading now!

Source: 2 Ways that you can transfer Full HD 50Mbps MXF from XF100/XF105 to FCP 7

[Begining] : Few Descriptions for Canon XF100 and XF105

The XF105 and XF100 camcorders are a benchmark addition to Canon’s professional High Definition camcorder range bringing a broadcast-quality, Full HD 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec to palm-sized camera bodies. In addition, these camcorders offer CompactFlash recording, a professional-grade CMOS sensor and a 10x zoom Canon HD Video Lens to bring outstanding HD video to a huge potential audience of professional filmmakers.

Canon XF105 and XF100 Key features

*MPEG-2 Full HD 4:2:2 recording on CompactFlash cards at up to 50Mbps
*Two CF slots for continuous (relay) or simultaneous recording
*MXF file format for workflow compatibility
*10x Canon HD Video Lens, f/1.8 max., 30.4mm wideangle (35mm equivalent)
*Optical Image Stabilizer – Standard, Powered or Dynamic
*Single 2.07Mpixel 1/3 type CMOS sensor with Bayer filter
*8.8cm, 920,000 dot LCD panel; 260,000 dot EVF, both with 100% coverage
*Variable frame rate recording (12-50fps)
*3D shooting functions - Genlock (XF105 only), OIS Axis Shift, Focal Length Guide and image inversion
*User-activated Infrared mode for night shoots
*60cm minimum object distance across zoom range
*DIGIC DV III image processor
*Independent audio controls and XLR inputs
*Extensive customisation options, including nine Custom Pictures
*Studio connectivity - HD-SDI, Genlock, Timecode (XF105 only)

[Next] Method 1:Using Canon Softwares to help with XF100/XF105 MXF in FCP at free

Plugins: latest Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro, Canon XF Utility

Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.x or Mac OS X 10.6.x

I have to tell you the importing way is a tedious process, which needs your patience. If you haven’t installed the above plugins, please download and install them.

For Canon XF Utility, you have to go to website to download by following the step: Open the Canon XF305 product page and click “Drivers & Software“, choose your operating System and OS Version, then you will find the “Canon XF Utility 1.3.1 for Mac OS X” in the “Software” category. Here, you also can free download the “Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro 1.3″. Once plugins are all installed, you can follow the below parts to import MXF to FCP 7.

Tip: Before downloading, please enter your product serial number with no hyphens “-”.Part 1. Back up Canon XF305 MXF footages with XF Utility:

1. Connect your XF305 camera to your Mac OS, you also can insert your CF card into your computer.

2. Launching the XF Utility, you will see your CF card showed up as the Canon drive and “Backup” in the upper left corner as the below picture.

3. Click Backup on the upper left corner, Canon XF305 MXF footages on the CF card will be backed up with the XF Utility.

PS: Before backing up videos, please make sure you have set the location to store your footage in the Preferences menu.Part 2. Import the footages to Log and Transfer window:

1. Once your footage is saved with XF Utility, please run Loag and Transfer plugin in Final Cut Pro for rendering.

2. Click on the folder icon in the top left corner of the Log & Transfer window to load XF305 recorded HD MXF files you’ve soved.

3. Choose the editing format: Click on the small flower-shaped icon in the top middle of the Log & Transfer window, which will open the Import Preferences panel. You can choose ProRes or natvie format as the editing format.


1) In general, you can smoothly edit native MPEG-2 MXF, but FCP is designed to work best in ProRes.

2) By default, Log & Transfer will either convert the footage to ProRes or just re-wrap clips into MOV format.

4. Click OK when you are done, and continue to import your footage by clicking Add Selection to Queue. Now your XF305 recording file is in FCP 7, you can freely editing.

Method 1 using reviews:

Supports native MXF importing
Doesn’t work well wtih 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920×1080, (60i/30p/24p)
With a lot of steps
May cause errors due to incompatible codecs
Spends a lot of time
Occupies a large amount of RAM
Only available for Canon MXF files

[Then] Method 2: Using Brorsoft MXF Converter for Canon XF100/XF105 and FCP with a little charge

Prepararion: MXF Converter for Mac($29)

System:Mac OS X(Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion)

The excellent tool has Final Cut Pro native profile with five types of ProRes codecs- ProRes 422, ProRes 422(LT), ProRes 422(HQ), ProRes 422(proxy), ProRes 444. And it allows you feeely change the video and audio parameters as you need, of course, it can keep the original quality for editing. I have successfully use it to encode my Canon XF305 MXF to ProRes for FCP(x). Below is the guide for you.

Step 1. Download and install MXF Converter on your Mac OS, run it and click Add File icon to load MXF files as you want to convert from your CF card.

PS: If you have transferred the files to other drivers, the tool also can recoginse the .mxf file and you can import and merge several MXF files.

Step 2. Choose a kind of ProRes codec as the best output format from “Format> Final Cut Pro” menu.


1) You can follow the Five Types of Apple ProRes Codecs to choose the best codec.

2) FCP 5/6 only support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ).

3) If need, you can click “Settings” to freely change the video and audio settings. To keep the best quality for editing, you’d better keep your original settings. For example, if your resource file is 1080 29.97p or 59.94i, you’d better select the video size as 1920*1080 and frame rate as 29.97fps.

Step 3. As soon as all things are ready, you can click “Convert” to begin the MXF to ProRes conversion.

After the conversion is over, click “open” to find the conveted video. Then open your Final Cut Pro, click “File >Import >Filles” to get ProRes .mov to FCP for freey editing. You also can directly drag and drop the generated file to FCP 7.

Method 2 using reviews:
Fastly convert MXF to ProRes
Five types of ProRes for FCP
It is also available for Sony and Panasonic MXF footages.
Supports to transcode MXF to any other video format for all NLE’s
For all FCP 5/6/7/x users
You can get 5.1 Channels
Freely change video/audio settings
Can keep original quality
Save rendering time
Not free
You can’t edit native MXF files

Fine, the article is to the end. You decide which one to choose? Have a funny trying!


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