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Michael Aghy
Premiere pro and MXF video files
on Nov 18, 2016 at 6:22:50 am
Last Edited By Michael Aghy on Nov 18, 2016 at 9:44:25 am


This is my first time posting. I see variations of my question and I tried several of the solutions but nothing has worked for me (software and hardware details below). I’ll try to give as many details as possible, hopefully someone has been through this and can help me out.

I’m a freelance editor and I was shipped a USB 3.0 drive with about 500GB of footage in MXF Format.
I believe the full file structures were fully copied over. ( ) Each video file also has an XML/XMP and some have BIM file. The videos are 3840 × 2160 pixels.

I’m not sure which camera it was shot on, but there is a folder called “Sony” so guessing it was some type of Sony camera.

I can import the files into Premiere just fine, either using media browser or just dragging and dropping. And I can scrub through them once placed in a timeline. However, the videos have a lot of lag, they skip and if I try playing them within the timeline, they aren’t smooth at all. They skip, get stuck, etc… Not possible to edit like this.

I read that MXF files should play alright in Premiere but that hasn’t been my experience.

I’ve tried setting quality to 1/4th or 1/8th quality. But still bad. I’ve dragged them into a timeline and let premiere automatically set the sequence settings ( ). I’ve also modified the setting to 1920 x 1080 since that’s will likely be my deliverable. Again, still bad.

I tried transcoding these files with BNxHR/DNxHD MXF OP1a and the results were still bad an not possible to work with. I also tried GoPro Cineform ( ). That was a bit better, but still very choppy and problematic. If anyone has a suggestion for transcoding please let me know. I would like to maintain the 3840 × 2160 pixels. Prefer lossless but open to anything that’s smooth and high quality at this point.

If anyone wants to try working with the a sample file, here is a link:

A couple more notes:

-Audio is not necessary for this project, 8 channels of audio get imported into timeline but I just delete them.
-The footage was shot at a higher FPS for a slow motion effect and is 23.976 FPS within Premiere.
-I’m guessing neither of these things should matter for playback quality.

Windows 10 Home
64 Bit

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017.0.1 (I had the previous CC Version this morning and same issue, just upgraded today and no change)

Dell Inspiron (7568) 15 inch Laptop
Intel Core i7-6500u CPU @ 2.50GHz 2.60GHz
8.00 GB RAM

Yes, I know, not the strongest computer but still think there should be a way to work with these files.

Thanks you for your time


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