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Importing .mxf files to Mac in FCP, FCE, iMovie, Avid

Posted: April 26, 2013
Importing .mxf files to Mac in FCP, FCE, iMovie, Avid, Premiere Pro from HyperDeck Shuttle 2

HyperDeck Shuttle gives you the quality and flexibility of compressed ProRes or DNxHD and uncompressed recording direct to common low cost SSDs in the smallest possible size. HyperDeck Shuttle bypasses your camera’s compression and records from SDI and HDMI direct into the highest quality video possible! SSDs are cheap and fast, so you can edit directly from the SSD media itself. It captures universally compatible uncompressed QuickTime files or compressed Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and Avid DNxHD MXF files. The latter is used by thousands of broadcast and post production facilities worldwide as it maintain the highest 10-bit video quality with the advantage of smaller file sizes, but not acceptable by any video editor other than Avid. If you’d like to get HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF into FCP, FCE, iMovie or Premiere Pro for editing, the only way is to convert the DNxHD MXF to Mac compatibel and specific editing media format.

How to encode HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF footage for editing on Mac

A. Encode HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF to Apple Intermediate Codec for iMovie

In attempting of importing HyperDeck Shuttle 2 video to iMovie or Final Cut Express for smooth editing, you are suggested to transocde H.264 video to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec), the favorite editing codec of iMovie in advance. The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires much more bandwidth and hard drive storage space.

How to convert HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF to AIC for iMovie:

1. Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. This is an excellent Mac MXF to AIC MOV converter, which can help you transcode MXF files to any formats you want.

2. Install and launch this MXF converter, import HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF footages to the software.

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

4. Click convert button to start converting MXF to AIC for iMovie.

B. Encode HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 Codec for FCP

In order to process Canon DSLR footage fast and seamless in Final Cut Pro, it requires that the H.264 .mov videos to be transcoded into Apple ProRes codec, which is the best intermediate codec developed specifically for seamless Final Cut workflow. This can also be done by the MXF Converter.

C. Encode HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF to MPEG video for Adobe Premiere

To get HyperDeck Shuttle 2 MXF video into Adobe Premiere for post-production, the best way is converting H.264 to MPEG2 codec, which is usable as both an intermediate format suitable for use while editing and as a presentation format.