Summary: Having problems when importing and editing Sony PMW-320 MXF footage in Final Cut Pro 6/7? Here you will find the best solution.
We all know that the recording format of Sony PMW-320 is the MXF which delivers stunning picture quality. However, if you want to ingest and edit Sony PMW-320 MXF files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 with XDCAM Transfer(XDCAM Transfer does not support SD), you will meet some problems. The problems lie in that FCP cannot support the original both HD and SD MXF footages from PMW-320. It is a common sense that the native format for FCP is Apple ProRes encoded MOV. So the first problem you have to solve is to transcode Sony PMW-320 MXF to ProRes mov for Final Cut Pro 6/7. Along with some help from third-party softwares, it can be done. Below is a simple solution for you,
First of all, free download and install Brorsoft MXF to MOV Converter for Mac to your computer.
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to MOV Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Sony PMW-320 MXF files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF to ProRes Converter can also convert MXF videos from Canon C30O XF100, XF105, XF305, Pansonic P2 cameras for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Guide: Transcoding Sony PMW-320 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP 6/7
Step 1: Import video files from your Sony PMW-320 to the MXF to FCP Converter Mac.
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Sony PMW-320 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-320 mxf files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 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-320 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7 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.
Tricks for smoothly Editing Sony PMW-320 MXF files in FCP