Edit Canon MXF on Mac-Convert Canon C300 MXF to AIC for iMovie

 In this tutorial, you will learn the way importing/editing Canon C300 MXF files in iMovie smoothly by transcoding MXF to AIC mov on Mac OS X.

As a popular professional camcorder, Canon C300 is able to help us record vivid high-definition videos in MXF format. MXF files is widely used in Sony, Panasonic and canon high-end cameras and camcorders, it is a good format for recording videos, but MXF files are not easy to use beacuse many editing software can’t handle MXF files flawlessly, such as Apple’s iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.

If you have bought this camcorder for professional use and have recorded many MXF files, you may want to import C300 MXF files to iMovie for editing on Mac. However, iMovie doesn’t import MXF videos directly. In order to edit C300 MXF files in iMovie flawlessly, you’ll need to add an intermediate step. As far as I know, the best bestmethod to solve these problems is to convert C300 MXF to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) which is a best editing codec for iMovie. You can follow the steps below to transcode C300 MXF to iMovie for editing. Along with some help from the 3rd-party software.

Required Software:

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac

The Mac MXF Converter is a professional MXF to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert 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. The Mac MXF to iMovie Converter can convert HD 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. Below is how.

Guide – Encode Canon C300 MXF to AIC for iMovie editing

Step 1. Import MXF files to the top C300 to iMovie Converter for Mac.

(Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then import MXF videos by clicking “add videos” to load individual videos, or “add from folder” to load the whole folder.)
Step 2. 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 and Final Cut Express.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Canon C300 MXF files to AIC Codec for iMovie under Mac OS.

Some more helpful features of the app:

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.
So there you have it. Pretty simple. After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find them and import the converted video files to iMovie. Now you can are free to start importing/editing C300 MXF files in iMovie under Mac without problems, just have a try!


If your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, here is a new program specially designed for multi-track preserving and mixing features, named iMixMXF. Featured formats include: MOV/MP4/MPG/WMV/FLV/MKV and more. And good news for Blu-ray/DVD fans! Pavtube studio now provides ByteCopy for Mac plus iMixMXF bundle, saving $17 immediately! (ByteCopy for Mac is a multi-track featured blu-ray ripping program. With it, you can easily backup blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV without any quality loss, transcode to multi-track MP4/MOV/ProRes and other mainstream video formats.)

See also:

Transcode MXF files from Canon XF105 to QuickTime MOV
Best way to convert Canon XF305 MXF to Avid MC and AE CS6
Encoding Canon C500 MXF to MOV for Premiere Pro 6 editing smoothly


From: http://camcordervideoshare.altervista.org/blog/transcode-canon-c300-mxf-to-imovie/

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