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Reliable way to play back the raw MXF files on my PC with MXF viewer

TransMXF Pro

TransMXF Pro

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How to view and play MXF file on PC? As far as we know, there are various compatibility issues to view XDCAM MXF, P2 DVCPRO HD MXF, Canon MXF, JVC MXF and other MXF files on PC media player or editing systems. 

For example, I have XDCAM 442 MXF files ranging from a few seconds to over an hour in length. But it has no way currently of just viewing MXF files (outside an editor) in Vegas 12 (latest build). And it always crashes or freezes for long periods when I am trying to being them into it. With all players I tried so far (WMP, VLC etc.), WMP can't play MXF files and VLC plays the MXF video but the audio is sped up, Media Player Classic plays to the end but then freezes and crashes. I also downloaded Sony XDCAM Viewer for MXF files. They play great the first time and then any other MXF clips play choppy. So I reopen the viewer each clip to watch not the best way.

Finally I got a reliable way to play back the raw MXF files on my PC. With Aunsoft TransMXF Pro, I successfully view my XDCAM HD422 MXF files by transcoding MXF to proper format for WMP, VLC, and Sony Vegas. This versatile MXF converter can transcode MXF files to multi-track video, HD video, MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MPG, etc. for playing and sharing MXF videos.

Here I would like to share my experience on this excellent MXF viewer to view XDCAM HD MXF in Sony Vegas. There are two parts:

Part 1: Transcode XDCAM HD MXF footage to WMV for Sony Vegas

Step1. Accurately load MXF to TransMXF Pro

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load MXF file. I dragged several MXF clips to it directly to do batch conversion. 

In this step, you may encounter that MXF with just video but no audio. A suggestion is to click "add folder" to load the entire MXF whole structure folder to avoid of missing audio caused by metadata loss. Then, you can play and view XDCAM HD MXF files in the preview window with both audio and video. Meanwhile, the encoded WMV files will also be with sound.

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

Click the "format" and choose the "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv) " MPEG-2 and MOV with AVC Codec is also Vegas favorable format.
Text “Vegas” in the search bar to pick format is also ok here.

Step3: Set audio and video profile

I set video bitrates as high quality to better video of output WMV for further editing in Sony Vegas 12.

Step4. Click convert button in the main interface to transcode MXF to WMV for Vegas 12

This MXF viewer app will run conversion at super fast speed. Not for a while, I got generated WMV video with perfect video and audio synchronization. And with just a click on "Open output folder", I easily locate the output file.

Part 2: Import and view WMV generated from source MXF in Sony Vegas

Come to this step, TransMXF Pro has done a super job. MXF is a monster, but WMV and many other formats is not. To view MXF file flawlessly, the best option is to transcode MXF. With the right tool, conversion is easy.

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