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Derek Hammer
Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 23, 2016 at 1:18:44 am

Hey all,

I never work with MXF files, but for a recent video project I rented a camera for some slow motion shots, and it gave me MXF files.

I spent last night trying to figure out the conversion process (they import into Sony Vegas but are choppy), and it seems I have to buy software. I couldn't find a free alternative either. But as I don't plan on using the MXF in the future (at least not on my current machine), I just thought I'd ask here if someone felt obliged to help me convert them.

I'm kind of asking for a one sided request as I'm not sure what I could give in return,..

Thank you


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leslie wand
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:18:09 am

did you match project settings to the mxf files?

what camera generated them?



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Derek Hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:43:32 am

It was a Sony PXW-FS5.

Yes I matched the project settings, but the problem continued. The video is choppy, also upon export.


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leslie wand
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 24, 2016 at 7:20:05 am

are they 4k?

what's your editing system specs?

you could always work with proxies if it isn't umphy enough.


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derek hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 26, 2016 at 2:32:32 am

4K, hmm, could be, I'm not sure and I'm new to the recent cameras. I've been working with a 4 year old camera up until now.

I've got a laptop- i7-4710 2.50GHz
16 GB
64-bit OS

Once I convert the files into .MOV or .MPG with one of the free programs (which leave a big watermark in the video), it works fine. But I've found many people have problems importing the MXF files into Vegas and the best way is to convert. But again, I only have a few shots and I already returned the camera, so I'd prefer not so spend money on software if someone could help a brother out.


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mark thompson
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 26, 2016 at 11:10:48 am

Derek,
put a clip [and the sidecar xml file if there is one] in Dropbox somewhere and I will have a look at it.

Just fyi -Mxf is a pro container format and is well supported by Vegas and other leading editors.
Particularly after the addition of the generic container you can put almost anything in there (even RAW).

The problems you are having are more likely to be due to the contained media format. What does it say in the project properties?


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Derek Hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 29, 2016 at 1:03:16 am

Hey Mark,

Thanks for the reply.

Here's a link to one of the files:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r18t99zo4gsa6bm/Clip0002.mpg?dl=0

What would you like to know about what it says in the project settings? Also, I tried opening up a new project and matching the project to the MXF file I import, but I have the same problem.


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Derek Hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 29, 2016 at 2:52:28 am

Oops, seems there was an XML file as well. I've linked it here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/umlvkrt2xzpexa8/Clip0002M01.XML?dl=0

Thanks!


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mark thompson
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 29, 2016 at 6:15:11 am

Hi Derek,
you posted one of the .mpg files. The tools I have think that contains just over a minute of silence! No video at all. A minute of video ought to be much bigger than that file was.

Do you still have the original .Mxf file?

I'm trying to devise a workflow that allows those files to be handled.

thanks
mark


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Derek Hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 30, 2016 at 5:25:58 am

Hey Mark,

Sorry about that. I just uploaded the MXF file. Sorry to say, but it's over a Gig (its a slow motion shot).

It's here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/umlvkrt2xzpexa8/Clip0002M01.XML?dl=0

Thanks again


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mark thompson
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 30, 2016 at 6:09:52 am

Hi Derek,
alas that link is another .xml file.
I need the 1gb .Mxf file. It is probably named something like clip0002.mxf

Dropbox allows you to share a file or a folder. A folder would be better as long as you have nothing in there you wish to keep private.

1GB is no problem.

cheers
mark


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Derek Hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 30, 2016 at 6:12:35 am

Sorry about that Mark. I must be tired.

Here's the link, finally.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lfqw3aj7fvrbfga/Clip0002.MXF?dl=0


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mark thompson
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jun 30, 2016 at 8:44:32 am

Derek,
everything I have likes that clip :-)
SVP 13 build 453, Catalyst Browse (latest), DaVinci Resolve 12.5, Adobe 2015 (PPro and Media Encoder).
I could transcode it, what format are you going to edit/grade in?

As to why it is choppy for you - perhaps your software is not up to date? Perhaps a virus scan was running at the time, so if you were to try it again things might go better. I edit on an old HP box that has a similar spec to yours.

The suggestion I would try first is to create a proxy as has been suggested. [import the file to your SVP Project, look in the Project Media Tab, right click the clip and select "create proxy".
Or you can get Catalyst Browse from Sony, it is still free. Catalyst Browse can transcode to XAVCI, this will be much bigger but should be faster to edit. Probably also depends on the latest software versions.

Btw - that is a great clip! It really shows how good the FS5 is in that slow mo capture mode.
I hope the guy on the receiving end is ok.
mark


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mark thompson
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jul 1, 2016 at 2:16:58 pm

Derek,
I've converted that file to .mpg and at a lower bandwidth.
It should be easier to deal with but is not as high quality as the one you sent me.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uk1lk6x2tmyq9zx/Clip0002_Mpeg2_1.mpg?dl=0


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derek hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jul 2, 2016 at 1:15:26 am

Hey there Mark,

Sorry for the delayed reply. I was still finding time to try what you suggested.

I tried making a proxy in Sony Vegas but had no luck. Now I'm going to try out Catalyst Browse. I've just never worked with XAVCI.

And the actor only complained about the water being cold, lol.

I actually have about 6 or 7 other clips that I need to convert, so HOPEFULLY this Catalyst Browse will work. I'll update you soon!

Thanks again for the conversion too!

Derek


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derek hammer
Re: Just a request for an MXF file conversion
on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:49:19 am

Hey Mark,

Just wanted to give an update. Using Catalyst Browser and transcoding worked like a charm. I'm playing it in Vegas and it's still an MXF file, but it's working.

I really appreciate your help and saving me some bucks!

Derek


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