As a shutterbug, I have spent nearly all my spare time to go outside for travel and shoot. One week before the Thanksgiving Day this year, I’ve changed my AVCHD camcorder to a professional Panasonic AG-HVX200A, and planed to record something different from previous years during this Turkey Day. I signed up as a volunteer of CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration (A Gadsden Thanksgiving tradition activity) and recorded the meaningful scenes during my volunteer time.
All the volunteers helped throughout Thanksgiving week for everything, from Convention Hall preparation, food preparation and decorating to serving, cleaning up and handling other duties connected with the free Thanksgiving Day lunch.
I’ve shot tons of video clips using my new Panasonic AG-HVX200A camcorder during my serving time. The recordings stored on the P2 card come with .MXF file extension. I attempted to edit them in iMovie to create my own movies, but failed, iMovie did not accept them. Then I tried FCP 7, without much luck, too. Log & Transfer doesn’t recognize anything about it. I've been trying to figure out how to get Final Cut Pro 7 to recognize .mxf files for several days, but there is no-go. So maybe I need find a program which can convert my Pannasonic P2 video into a Mac compatible format; maybe it should be able to transcode MXF to Apple Prores 422 format, which can be imported into Final Cut Pro directly, so that I can edit my Panasonic P2 card MXF file on my Mac. Or I will not be able to load the MXF file into Final Cut Pro and such a MXF conversion is quite necessary. I Googled a lot for a solution, and was told to convert MXF files generated by my Panasonic AG-HVX200A camcorder to ProRes 422 before editing them in FCP. So I googleed again for a MXF Converter for Mac program, I found a converter named xxx MXF Converter, sadly, it did not solve my problem, but made things worse. There were video and audio out of sync and color shift issues in the converted ProRes files, so I could not further edit them in FCP at all. Furthermore, this fool converter generated lots of unexpected temporary files while conversion, which caused it to crash time and time again. I had to go to /VAR/TMP to clear them manually. This so-called MXF Converter seemed not a good choice for me, so I continued to Google another one.
Fortunately, I finally came across Aunsoft TransMXF for Mac, a really good MXF converter tool, which is able to batch convert multiple MXF clips to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP at once, without issues like audio and video out of sync, color shift, jerky and choppy image/sound quality. Best of all, it’s very easy-to-use and straightforward, I can successfully finish MXF to ProRes conversion in three simple steps.
Step 1: Click “Add” button to load MXF footage shot by Panasonic AG-HVX200A camcorder
Step 2: Click format bar to select “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” as output format
Note: This MXF Converter software also features expert settings for iMovie and other editing apps and multimedia devices, so you can select output format according to your different end uses freely.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start MXF to ProRes Conversion.
Due to the help of Aunsoft TransMXF for Mac, I successfully edited those mxf raw materials in FCP, and turned the volunteer experience into a precious digital copy. Whenever I watch these memorable movies, I always remember "Gratitude is riches, complaint is poverty", so always be ready to express your gratitude to your friends, family, colleagues, and society, no matter through which ways.