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Canon MXF file to iMovie importing issues on Mac

Canon has produced many professional camcorders, such as XF series, include XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100, etc. these professional camcorders can help us record vivid images. You may have used Canon XF series camcorders to record many high-definition footages which are in MXF video format, this video format is good for record videos, but it’s not compatible with many editing software, such as iMovie on Mac. You may have the need to import Canon MXF to iMovie for editing, but the iMovie doesn’t support MXF files directly.

How to import Canon MXF to iMovie for editing? The best way is to convert Canon MXF to iMovie supported video format. iMovie best supported video format is Apple InterMediate Codec MOV format. You can convert recorded Canon mxf to AIC MOV for iMovie easily, please follow the guide below.


Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac can be the best solution to handle this MXF files from Canon. MXF files can be loaded into this app directly. Even your MXF files don’t have intact structure , you can still drap-and-drop them into this app. With bunch of presets , no matter you want to put them into your portable devices like iPad, iPhone, Samsung Tab or some NLEs like FCP, Adobe Premiere , iMovie, for further editing. These can all be realized by MXF Converter for Mac. (To learn more about iMovie)


How to transcode MXF files to load into iMovie smoothly?

Step 1. Install and run this MXF to AIC Converter on your Mac

After downloading this app on your Mac, launch it then click "File">"Add Video/Audio" to import your MXF files. "Add from folder" can save you many times. Those two icons on the top of the main UI can also do the loading job.


Step 2. Choose "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" for your iMovie

Click format bar to choose the output format, for editing Canon MXF files on iMovie, you can choose "iMovie">" Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".

Step 3. Adjust parameters to make more unique videos

You can click Settings button to adjust the output parameters such as resolution and bitrate, you can also keep it as original. To keep original will allow you to maintain the quality of the original videos at most. But every conversion will lose quality no matter you can see it or not.



High Bit rate=high video quality=large file size=long conversion time

Step 4. Start to convert MXF to AIC for iMovie

Before conversion , don’t forget to set the file location. If not , you can still find your files in the default location by clicking "Open output folder" in the conversion UI.

Additional tips:

1.This Mac version can run on Yosemite smoothly and users don’t have to worry about any conversion lagging off.

2. How to transfer files into iMovie may be very helpful for newbie who just walk into Mac world.

3. For Win users , Pavtube MXF Converter added new features like H.265/HEVC will allow you to maintain even improve the original videos while only half file size compared to original ones.

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