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Convert P2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 on Mac for Final Cut Pro

"I attempted to import .mxf files generated by my Panasonic AG-HVX201 P2 card to Final Cut Pro 7 for editing through Log & Transfer, without much luck, FCP 7 refused to accept those .mxf files. The MXF clips are about a concert and a birthday party. I just want to import P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro for further editing, and then burn them to a DVD using iDVD for saving. These days I've been trying to figure out how to get Final Cut Pro 7 to recognize my MXF recordings, but there is no-go. Can anyone kindly shed some light on this conundrum? Many thanks."


People who are start using a P2 digital video camera like AG-HPX170 (NTSC version), AG-HPX171 (European version), AG-HPX300, AG-HPX370/371, AG-HPX500, AJ-HPX2100, AJ-HPX2700, AJ-HPX3000, and AJ-HPX3700 often have the same case as quoted above. The reliable workaround we've found so far is to transcode P2 MXF to Apple Prores for FCP by using Pavtube P2 MXF Converter for Mac. As for FCP X, Apple ProRes 422 is the best format to read. If not, Final Cut Pro will refuse reading the files or spending much time on the rendering process.


How to Convert P2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 on Mac for Final Cut Pro ?


1. Please ensure that the computer you are using to do P2 MXF conversion has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise, the converted files will have audio only without image.

2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video. The FCP X does not install the ProApps QuickTime Codecs automatically, so you need download and install the codec manually.

While importing MXF clips to Pavtube MXF to ProRes converter for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder's P2 card. If you only have some loose .MXF clips, your files will have image only without audio. See MXF file structure on Panasonic's P2 card as below.

MXF file structure on Panasonic's P2 card

import p2 mxf to fcp

The above screenshot clearly shows .MXF clips are all saved in 'VIDEO' folder, while audio files are all stored in 'AUDIO' folder. When you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, Pavtube MXF to FCP Converter is able to recognize audio tracks from 'AUDIO' folder automatically, which ensures the generated ProRes 422 MOV files have both image and sound correctly.

Step 1: Click "Add Video" button to import P2 .mxf files

Launch your MXF Converter for Mac on your Mac, this version can support Yosemite without any problem. Then Click "File">"Add Video/Audio" to load your files.


Step 2: Choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac has a preset option to choose a format specific to the Final Cut Pro, you can go for Apple ProRes 422 as your output format for FCP, if you want to go for more HD quality and don't care about the generated file size, then you can choose "Apple ProRes HQ (*.MOV)".



For new users, if you don't know the differences among Apple ProRres codecs, then you can refer to this article for detailed information.

Step 3: Click "Convert" button to convert P2 MXF on Mac

As soon as the conversion is finished, click "Open" button to get the generated Apple ProRes 422 MOV files to FCP X for extending editing.

Userful tip:

-Here give a detailed article about how to transfer files into Final Cut Pro.

- If you have a plenty of MXF files and want to convert them as one, you can choose all of them , then click "Merge into one file" before conversion.

- Under the "Edit" UI, you can do simple edits like trim, crop, change aspect ratio, add subtitles or watermark and so on.

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