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Chris Woods
Error when transferring MXF files in FCP
on Apr 27, 2013 at 6:24:30 pm

I'm having an issue when I try to use Log and Transfer when trying to import MXF file. The files are on a hard drive and when I go and select the folder that they're in it gives me an error message saying it contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. I tried to just select the files but they're grayed out and I can't select them. I'm using FCP 7 on a Quad-Core MAC using OS 10.5. If anyone can help that would great. Thanks!


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Ryan Holmes
Re: Error when transferring MXF files in FCP
on Apr 27, 2013 at 10:32:36 pm

In order for FCP to read MXF files you need:

(1) The correct plugin installed from whichever camera manufacturer is producing your flavor of MXF.
(2) The entire card copied over exactly as it appears on the card. The entire folder structure must stay in tact or everything goes south. You cannot copy over just the MXF files. The folders, XML, and MXF files need to be kept in tact.

Adobe Premiere Pro can usually read the files without the card structure. You could download the free 30-day trial, ingest the clips, and export them as ProRes if necessary

Ryan Holmes
http://www.ryanholmes.me
@CutColorPost


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Chris Woods
Re: Error when transferring MXF files in FCP
on Apr 27, 2013 at 10:46:56 pm

Thanks. I have a version of Premiere 4 and it let me import the clips but I can't figure out how to export them as Pro Res and I can only do them SD files.

The camera they shot it on was a Panasonic AG-HVX200.

Thanks


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Ryan Holmes
Re: Error when transferring MXF files in FCP
on Apr 27, 2013 at 10:49:53 pm

Shane Ross has a really thorough tutorial for importing P2 footage into FCP7 on the Cow:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/p2_workflow.php

If you go the Adobe route, I'd recommend downloading the free trial of CS6. CS4 is 5 years old (released in 2008) and may not support all the formats in the same native way that CS6 now does.

Ryan Holmes
http://www.ryanholmes.me
@CutColorPost


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Chris Woods
Re: Error when transferring MXF files in FCP
on May 2, 2013 at 2:27:12 pm

Thanks! That video helped out. Turns out I was on the wrong folder when importing and when I selected the correct one the footage loaded into fcp. Thanks again.


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