VariCam characterized cam is the only HD camera to provide selectable individual frame rates from 1 fps to 60 fps to make it flexible at creating rapid or slow motion effects. With this main feature, VariCam series has been often used in video and film production.
Panasonic P2 HD VariCam is the most common or famous associated with VariCam HD cameras, which is mostly used to imitate the look and feel of motion picture cameras. Meanwhile, P2 HD VariCam is also designed to meet the growing requirement of high-end commercial TV & Web spot with accuracy and precision.
Here we recommend two well-know P2 HD VariCams that raised the bar for high-end acquisition: AJ-HPX2700 & AJ-HPX3700.
These two professional cams both records variable frame natively while each frame is stored without any pull down or duplication, which allows for immediate playback of slow and fast motion footage. Besides, both AJ-HPX2700 and AJ-HPX3700 support AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, as well as DVCPRO HD codecs. Meanwhile, there’re also differences at recording resolution that AJ-HPX2700 records at 1280*720 when AJ-HPX3700 records at 1920*1080.
P2 HD VariCam is known to record videos in .MXF format which can’t be accepted by QuickTime/FCP/FCE/iPad, etc. After making some footage with AJ-HPX2700 or AJ-HPX3700, you must want to transfer MXF to Mac and edit P2 MXF in FCP. At this moment, we need a professional P2 MXF Converter to convert AJ-HPX2700/ AJ-HPX3700 MXF to Mac compatible formats. P2 MXF Converter is able to convert MXF to AVI/MOV/MP4/MKV, etc, which makes it possible to edit MXF in FCP.
How to copy MXF to Mac and convert P2 MXF to ProRes .mov for FCP?
1. Download MXF Converter on your Mac.
2. Connect AJ-HPX2700 or AJ-HPX3700 to iMac, load P2 MXF clips to MXF Converter.
3. Convert AJ-HPX2700/ AJ-HPX3700 MXF to MOV in order to edit P2 MXF in FCP: select Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)
4. Click “Export” button to start conversion from MXF to MOV.
The conversion from P2 MXF to FCP will be done in a flash, after that we can load ProRes to FCP so as to make it a breeze to edit AJ-HPX2700/AJ-HPX3700 MXF in FCP.