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Ben Popik
A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:11:33 pm

Hi all,

Since Avid's transcode options seem limited to various MXF options, I was wondering if there's a way to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for use in Final Cut.

Obviously I'm working on a Mac.

Thanks for your help!


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Shane Ross
Re: A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:31:13 pm

Well, until you get Media Composer 6, the only way to get Avid to encode to ProRes is to have FCP on the same system. And you cannot use the TRANSCODE option. That will only transcode to Avid MXF formats. You will need to EXPORT as a Quicktime Movie.

Or...get Automatic Duck Pro Import...which is now Free...and will wrap the MXF files into a QT reference wrapper (meaning make QT files that reference the MXF files). They will still be in the Avid codec, but will be something FCP can see. Then you can use the RECOMPRESS option in FCP to convert to ProRes.

It isn't a one step process...

Shane

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John Pale
Re: A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:49:13 pm

I believe you no longer need Final Cut Studio.

You should be able to purchase Compressor 4 from the Mac App store for $50 and get the ProRes encoder with that.

You should then be able to export Quicktime Movies from Avid using the Apple ProRes codecs.

Or you can wait a week for MC 6, which has it built in.


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Job ter Burg
Re: A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Nov 6, 2011 at 11:32:42 am

If you export as QT, you will suffer from gamma shifts. MC6 will solve that (it has native support for ProRes in MXF).


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John Pale
Re: A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Nov 6, 2011 at 7:43:31 pm

If upgrading to MC6 is not an option, you can compensate for the gamma shift in Compressor, but it requires a little trial and error...not exactly precise.

MC6 should make this easier, assuming it works as advertised.


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juliet zhu
Re: A way to transcode Avid MXF files to ProRes for use in Final Cut?
on Dec 10, 2014 at 9:41:22 am
Last Edited By juliet zhu on Dec 10, 2014 at 9:44:07 am

One possible reason is that you did not copy the entire card folder from your camcorder. FCP requires videos metadata while ingesting. If you only have video files, then you will encounter some problem when importing mxf videos into FCP directly.

http://format-changes.over-blog.com


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