Import and Edit Canon XF405 MXF in FCP X on Mac

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Q 1: “I’m running FCP X on Mac, v.10.1.1. And I shoot some .mxf files via XF405 and while importing .mxf into Final Cut Pro X, I always got the error message. I tried everything but nothing changes. I don’t understand why? Give some suggestions? – Strojnowski, Jay”

Q 2: “I can’t import any Canon XF405 4K file into my FCP X. I’m using FCP X and trying to import an MXF-File of 25 GB into it. I read already a lot of posts in different forums but didn’t find the aright tool to do the job. – Harrison, Martin”

A: Hmmm, I don’t have any problem with MXF files from Canon, but I take them off the memory card and save them on the desktop – just to have two copies for safety. From there FCPX imports them no problem. So maybe if you copy them off your external hard drive which appears to be your problem, you will have some success. The software version is the problem. You can upgrade your software. Of course, you can also solve this problem by transcoding.

The Canon XF405 Camcorder with 3G-SDI Output is a compact, ergonomic camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1″ CMOS sensor, IP streaming, and two XLR audio inputs. The XF405’s optics include an integrated 15x HD optical zoom with up to 30x Advanced Zoom, a nine-bladed iris for more natural highlights, and five-axis optical image stabilization. Pro-style features include Dual-Pixel Autofocus (DPAF), and dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors with high sensitivity and low noise, supporting Wide DR Gamma.The camera records Full HD 1080p and UHD 4K up to 60 fps—captured to dual SD card slots—and outputs via HDMI 2.0 and 3G-SDI ports. However, when users have a project with the 4K MXF recordings from XF405 loaded in Final Cut Pro X, they would meet various troubles.

After searching for solutions to load/import Canon XF405 4K MXF to Final Cut Pro X, some guys will present a solution to install Canon plugin, but it doesn’t always helpful. If you don’t want to upgrade your software to the latest version, but you want to get a solution. Fortunately, there is an alternative way to fix the issue- use a 3rd-party software to transcode Canon XF405 footage to a more edit-friendly video format for Final Cut Pro X respectively. UFUSoft MXF Video Converter for Mac is the app I’m using now which is highly recommended by some professional forums.

With running it, you can effortlessly transcode Canon XF405 4K recordings to various advanced codecs like ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, MPEG-2, DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, H.265/HEVC, etc to ensure the maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with professional editing program. Besides, the Mac MXF to FCP X Converter is also designed with some simple editing functions, including trimming, cropping, splitting, deinterlacing, watermark, etc. If you are a Windows user, turn to the MXF Converter for Windows for help. With the Windows version software, you can convert XF405 MXF to ProRes MOV on Windows 10 easily. Now just get the program and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert and import Canon XF405 4K clips to Final Cut Pro X for editing smoothly.

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Tip: UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac is a professional Mac MXF video converter, which offers the best solution to convert and edit MXF video files that recorded by Canon XF series camcorders, Panasonic P2 series camcorders, Sony XDCAM series camcorders, or other cameras and camcorders. If you want to get a more powerful software, please try UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac. It’s all-in-one solution to convert, edit and compress videos/audio in 1,000 formats, loved by over 10 million customers world over. The brand-new ultimate converter is well-nigh perfect. Apart from basic video/DVD/Blu-ray converting function. Just enjoy video/audio files anywhere and anytime you like.

How to transcode Canon XF405 4K MXF videos for FCP X?

Step 1. Load the 4K MXF videos
Install and launch the Canon XF-AVC Converter on your Mac, and then load source XF405 clips to the software. You can import MXF clips to the program through “Add file” button or “Add from folder” button

Step 2. Select output format
By running this 4K Video Converter for Mac, there is no need to set the codec yourself, the program has optimized presets for Final Cut Pro X. To work Canon XF405 MXF in FCP X, simply choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” or “Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)” as the output format from “Final Cut Pro” category.

Canon XF405 MXF Video Converter for Mac

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 transcoding
Finally, click the “Convert” button to start the XF-AVC MXF to ProRes MOV conversion process. After a while, your files will be converted into a more editing-friendly format ready to be imported into Final Cut Pro X. Now importing and editing Canon XF405 4K videos in FCP X is flawless.