Summary: Learn how to convert nanoFlash MXF to FCP best supported ProRes codec is the following part for smoothly editing nanoFlash MXF in FCP.
What is nanoFlash?
The nanoFlash is small and lightweight, and uses affordable Compact Flash media. It can be mounted on a camera or function as a standalone recorder/player, and can record higher quality images than the native camera, using the camera's uncompressed 4:2:2 HD-SDI or HDMI output. It records a wide range of formats from .mov QuickTime files to MXF files to the XDCAM HD optical format.
Problems when importing nanoFlash MXF to FCP:
“Does anyone know how to do this? We've shot a ton of media from a Sony EX3 camera and recorded it out the HD-SDI to a nanoFlash. Our FCP workflow isn't working out so well, and we're considering editing on other NLEs instead. Has anyone worked with this kind of media in FCP before?”
Why do we fail to import nanoFlash MXF to FCP?
Final Cut Pro is a great software, which is the most popular NLE software. We can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing, thus you can conveniently upload your videos to websites for sharing with friends and family members or burn the files to DVD/BD for different usage. But MXF is not the friendly format for Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7 and the latest FCP X. Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.
Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV
Container format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime
Still-image formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF
Best solution to solve nanoFlash MXF to FCP incompatibility:
The best way is to convert nanoFlash MXF to ProRes codec MOV format, which is best supported for FCP. Fortunately, we still have the professional MXF to FCP converter called Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac (review), which is a converter program designed for transcoding HD media, including camera and camcorder videos files to whatever format you need with best video and audio synchronization. With this little tool, you are able to convert some incompatible codec videos to FCP for editing, such as XAVC, MKV, etc.
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/mxf-converter-mac/
- AppStore Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pavtube-mxf-converter/id502807634?mt=12
- Amazon Download: http://www.amazon.com/Pavtube-MXF-Converter-Mac-Download/dp/B00QID8K28
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-MXF-Converter/3000-2194_4-76177789.html
How to transcode nanoFlash MXF files for editing with FCP?
Step 1: Launch the program and click the “Add Video” button to load nanoFlash MXF files for converting.
Step 2: Click on the “Format” and you will get a drop down menu and then select “Final Cut Pro >>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, which is the best format for Final Cut Pro.
Step 3: (Optional) Click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920*1080/1440*1080/1280*720/720*480), bitrate (from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim XDCAM HD MXF video, click “Edit” menu.
Step 4: Finally after above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding nanoFlash MXF to ProRes for directly importing to FCP.
Conclusion: Additionally, here is also the guide on how to transfer files into FCP for editing, you can read more.
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