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Canon C500 MXF Footage and Final Cut Pro (X) Workflow - C500 MXF transcoding to ProRes 422

For enhanced creativity, and to accommodate a variety of workflows, the Canon Cinema EOS C500 camera offers a range of 10- and 12-bit imaging modes. These comprise: 4K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 4096x2160 pixels; 2K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 2048x1080 pixels; and internal MXF File format recording up to 50 Mbps, utilizing MPEG-2 data compression at a variety of user-selectable frame rates and image resolutions.


Apple's Final Cut Pro (FCP 6/ FCP 7/ FCP X) software for non-linear editing (NLE) has become a dominant choice among enthusiasts and dedicated professionals alike. This professional Apple software application is well known for its smooth performance and editing speed, both invaluable assets for editing software.

On a few occasions, Canon XF Utility doesn't work well as expected. The MXF footage (MPEG-2 compression format) shooting with a Canon C500 requires to be transcoded into a format better suited to FCP editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be Apple ProRes 422. The C500 MXF transcoding to ProRes 422 can be a fairly time- and processor-heavy intermediary step that pays off later with superior speed once the post production process begins.

That's where Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac comes in: it doesn't eliminate the need for transcoding, but it makes the experience of editing Canon C500 MXFHD footage with Final Cut Pro (X) as fast and seamless as possible.

Free download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac Trial Version


1. The free trial version is provided for you to see if it would be able to convert your MXF format video from a Canon C500 camera.

2. The trial version will create videos with PAVTUBE logo standing in the center of the output image. To bypass the watermark, you should purchase its full version.


How to transcode Canon C500 MXF clips to FCP 6/7 and FCP X editable ProRes 422 file?

Step 1. Open up Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac as the best Canon C500 MXF Converter for FCP.

Click "Add video" or "Add from folder" icon to load your source MXF files directly from your EOS C500 camera, or from a CF card reader, or from the file folder that contains the source MXF videos stored on your computer's hard disk drive.


Step 2. Select "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as target format for Final Cut Pro (X) under "Final Cut Pro" option.


Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start converting Canon C500.

MXF shootings to ProRes 422 for FCP editing. Once the MXF transcoding finished, click "Open" button to get the generated ProRes files.

Now you are ready to import the rewrapped C500 MXF clips into Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 for post-production without rendering through File > Import > Files...

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