First 4K MXF Converter for Mac - Beyond XAVC Plug-in?

Want to edit 4K XAVC MXF, 4K raw MXF in Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Sony Vegas Pro on Mac? The first 4K MXF Converter for Mac is designed for you to edit 4K video on Mac with easy.

As we know, many camcorders now can export 4K resolution video. For instance, Canon C500 can output a full 4K RAW (4096 x 2160-pixel). Sony PMW-F55,  Sony PMW-F65, FDR-AX1, etc can record 4K XAVC. Is it possible to edit 4K MXF with NLEs on Mac? Yes! You can convert 4K raw MXF to ProRes MOV for FCP 7/X editing. And you can also convert 4K XAVC MXF to MOV, DVCPRO, DNxHD, MPEG, WMV, etc on Mac OS X. Conversion is easy. But there are something you need to care about.

Why downconvert 4K MXF to ProRes 1080P?

4K is more and more popular, as 1080P is great for web video but not for traditional moviemaking. But it requires a massive amount of GPU processing to handle 4K Raw files.Even though FCPX can handle 4K content (even 4K HFR up to 60P), it only works well as long as your machine is not doing the heavy lifting. So when you edit C500 4K Raw in FCPX, most of the time it is very taxing on your Mac. In order to smoothly edit 4K MXF files in FCP, you'd better downconvert the 4K MXF video to Apple ProRes 1080P.

Is it possible to keep 4K resolution when converting 4K video to MOV?

Only Aunsoft 4K MXF to Mac FCP Converter can achieve either 4K to 4K or 4K to 2K conversion. You can set video size as original to maintain 4K resolution with one click. The perfect audio and video synchronization technology, the no-rendering process and the profile settings function make this program the most intuitive 4K Video Converter on Mac.

Is the 4K MXF Converter better than XAVC S Plugin?

The pros of Sony XACS Plug-in is it can native import XAVC MXF to Final Cut Pro. One limit of XAVC Plug-in is that users have to first update FCP-X to at least version 10.0.8. Another limit is XAVC Plug-in is only available for Sony 4K camcorders. Comparatively, Aunsoft 4K MXF Converter on Mac shows power to convert 4k XAVC MXF to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes Proxy and ProRes LT for FCP for the latest 10.1.1, as well as the previous FCP 7/6. The program has no limits to import 4K MXF recordings from Panasonic, Canon, JVC and other producers.

Below is a simple tutorial to convert 4k XAVC to ProRes 422 for FCP X 10.1.1. For 4K MP4/MTS/MP4 conversion on Mac, you can turn to iMedia Converter for Mac

Step1. Load XAVC video to 4k XAVC to ProRes converter

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load your source fiel. You can also drag & drop directly.

Step2. Choose ProRes HQ as output format

Click the "format" and choose the "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ(*.mov)" files as the output format for FCP. Apple ProRes 422HQ codec offers the utmost possible quality from XAVC recordings.

Step3. Set advanced profile

Here you can set video size as original to keep 4k resolutions or downconvert to 1080P ProRes. And your can also adjust bitrates, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.

Step4. Start to convert

Click "Conversion" icon, Aunsoft 4K XAVC Converter on Mac will start to transfer 4K MXF to ProRes MOV immediately. 

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4K video to iMovie/FCE Converter - Sony a7S 4K XAVC S to AIC MOV

Below guide provides a workflow to convert Sony a7S 4K XAVC S to AIC MOV for iMovie and Final Cut Express. The tutorial is also suitable for 4K XAVC S from FDR-AX1 and FDR-AX100.

Sony has just announced the new a7S camera. In video mode, the a7S can output 4K video at QFHD (3,840 x 2,160) to an optional external 4K compatible recorder, and can record full HD (1,920 x 1,080) at frame rates of 50p, 50i, 30p and 25p directly to a compatible memory card. Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1,280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect. Click here to get solution to convert Sony a7S 4K video to iMovie MOV with 4K XAVC S video Converter.

Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is an intuitive XAVC S to MOV Converter that can transcode Sony a7S 4K video to AIC MOV for iMovie and Final Cut Express. You can not only convert 4K XAVC S to AIC MOV with 4K resolution, but also downconvert 4K to 2K. It is also possible to set frame rate as 23.976, 24, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60. More than AIC MOV, transcoding XAVC S to DNxHD, ProRes, DVCPRO HD, Divx, etc are with easy. 

How to import and edit Sony a7S 4K XAVC S in  iMovie/FCE?

Transcoding 4K video to AIC MOV

Step 1. Load Sony XAVC S videos 

Free Download Aunsoft 4K video to iMovie/FCE Converter, install and launch it. Click "add video" or "add folder" to load camera files. You can also directly drag files to the program.

Click "Add Video" icon and load source media into this application.

Step 2. Choose output format.

From Format list, choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.MOV)" for getting FCE optimized video format.

If you want to optimize the video and audio parameters, you can set in "Settings". File size, bitrate, frame rate can be adjusted here.

Step 3. Conversion

Click “Convert” button to start Sony 4K XAVC S to AIC Conversion. When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the generated file for editing in iMovie and FCE.

files for editing in Vegas Pro 11.

Step 4. Import the converted XAVC S files in iMovie/FCE

This time, you can edit your Sony AX1 4K XAVC S videos in Final Cut Express(4) with ease. OK, When you have trouble getting Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S video footages in FCE 4, refer to this tutorial. 

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How to import and edit Canon MXF to Sony Vegas Pro 13

The Canon XF305/XF300/XF100/XF105/C300/C500 camcorders and the new upcoming XF200/XF205 use the MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) recording codec. How to edit MXF footage in NLEs? Below is a tutorial about how to import and edit Canon MXF to Sony Vegas Pro 13

As we know, Vegas Pro 13 can supports MXF footage well just like the previous version. But the MXF video cannot be used by most media players and video-sharing websites. A friend of me shot some MXF videos with Canon XF305. She wanted to upload and share the MXF video of his daughter playing piano on YouTube. But before that, she wanted to read and edit Canon MXF in Sony Vegas Pro 13. In this case, you need conversion. Click here to get solution with TransMXF Pro.

With TransMXF Pro, you can convert Canon MXF to WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, MPEG-4, etc that YouTube supported. Here we choose to convert MXF to WMV for Vegas Pro 13 editing and then upload the edited video to YouTube.

Sony Vegas Pro 13

As early as a few months ago, there are lots of rumors and expectations about Vegas Pro 13. Since Nvidia and AMD are announcing new GPUs for editing stations. many guys wonder if Sony will announce compatible GPUs for the new Vegas 13. The sure thing is thay Sony Creative Software is offering its Vegas Pro 13 which features new workflows for faster editing, easier archiving and friendlier cloud collaboration. Now Movie Studio 13, Movie Studio 13 Platinum and Movie Studio 13 Suite are available.

The Movie Studio 13 Platinum can creat spectacular-looking movies in native 4K. and produce 3D video with innovative stereoscopic 3D editing tools.The Movie Studio 13 Suite creates video in beautiful 4K (ultra HD) XAVCS or AVCHD format. It seems nothing special with Movie Studio 13. 

How to import and edit Canon MXF in Vegas Pro 13

Step1: Load MXF material to MXF Converter for Mac

Click "add video" icon or drag and drop MXF files into file area.

Step2: select WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv) as output format

Click the “format” and choose the “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv) ” files as the output favorable format for editing in Sony Vegas Pro 13.

Step3: Set audio and video profile.(optional)

Step4: Conversion

Click “Convert” icon to convert Canon C300/C500/XF100/XF105/XF200/XF205 MXF to Vegas Pro 13 supported WMV, you can click “Open output folder” icon to locate the output MPEG-2 videos.

After editing, you are freely to upload converted MXF file to YouTube, MySpace, public camcorder MXF video on Vimeo. 

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Canon XF205/200 MXF to iMovie-convert Canon MXF Clips to iMovie MOV

Summary: Unable to import Canon XF205/XF200 MXF footages to iMovie? This article will show you the solution to convert Canon XF205/XF200 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie. For users who cannot import XF305/XF300/XF105/XF100 to iMovie, it also helps.

Canon XF205/XF200 Review

Canon has produced many professional camcorders, such as XF series, include XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100, etc. The new Canon XF205 and XF200 are positioned above the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorder models. The two camcorders simultaneously record high definition MXF files to CF cards and MP4 files to an SD card, in HD or lower resolutions. 

Building on the blueprint of Canon’s highly successful XF105 and XF100, the new models have been enhanced to reflect feedback from professionals working in a variety of fields. Further extending the XF range, both the XF205 and XF200 offer even greater versatility with a more powerful Canon HD Video System, numerous recording modes, wireless connectivity and an enhanced operational design – providing users with greater freedom to shoot, view and distribute their footage during assignments.

In order to edit XF205/XF200 MXF files in iMovie flawlessly, you'll need to add an intermediate step. Aunsoft TransMXF for Mac is a professional Canon MXF to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon XF205, Canon XF200, Canon C300, XF100, XF105, XF300 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple InterMediate Codec, Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. So you can customize profile before convert XF205/200 MXF to iMovie MOV

The program can also convert HD MXF videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. As far as I know, 

Below is a simple tutorial to convert Canon XF205 MXF to iMovie MOV

Step 1. Import source MXF video and audio

Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon XF205 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "add" button to browse to import MXF videos with audio.

Step 2. Choose output formats

Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)", it's the best format for editing in iMovie.

Step 3. Customize profile. (optional)

Before transcoding XF205 MXF recordings to MOV for iMovie, you can set video and audio profile, such as video bitrate, video frame rate, video size, audio channels, etc.

Step 4. Convertion

Click the convert button to Canon XF205 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11. 

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TransMXF perfect transfer JVC GY-HM850 AVCHD to ProRes

Shortly before, a friend recommended me Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac. It is an intuitive app which can help me transcode JVC EX255 AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT or ProRes 4444 to ensure maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X. Now JVC has announced new HD GY-HM850 which also records AVCHD footage. 

We can directly use MP4 and MOV quality. However, as to AVCHD recordings, I always choose to transfer AVCHD clips to Apple ProRes Codec. The iMedia Converter for Mac is the most fastest conversion tool I've tried. Now I am studing the output profile of this JVC AVCHD to ProRes Converter. More than GY-HM850 AVCHD to Apple ProResconversion, I find I can convert  GY-HM850 AVCHD contents to AVI, WMV, MPEG, FLV, DivX, MP4, MPEG-2, WMV9, etc. 

JVC GY-HM850 best review

The ProHD GY-HM850 has built-in networking protocols so you can attach available USB modems/Wi-Fi adapters and stream live footage while simultaneously recording to readily available SDHC/SDXC media.The GY-HM850 uses three 1/3” CMOS sensors with 12-bit processing to capture Full HD at up to 60p. JVC’s Falconbrid processor provides the power to simultaneously record two different formats. The camera records to standard formats that are native to many NLE systems, recording to your choice of Mov, XDCam EX-compatible MP4, as well as AVCHD Progressive, and H.264 Extreme High Quality at up to 50 Mb/s.

Below are my experiences on converting JVC GY-HM850 AVCHD to ProRes MOV for FCP X.

Step 1. Add MTS footage

Once you run the program, click “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load your source MTS files. 

Step 2. Choose output formats

iMedia Converter for Mac offers optimized format presets for Final Cut Pro, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)”, etc. Choose a one you need.


If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 3. Conversion

Click “Convert” button and the selected MTS files will be converted to Apple ProRes encode mov files. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro X. 

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