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Patrick Simpson
MXF / XF-AVC Preview in Mac OS
on Jan 17, 2019 at 4:04:57 pm

I'm using the Canon C200 and have been looking into the XF-AVC codec instead of MP4. It has some benefits like better quality audio (24bit vs 16bit), a bit more metadata, and unique file names.

But, the fact that Mac OS doesn't natively read MXF files in Finder is a real downside. It's so useful being able to see thumbnails and Quick Look footage right in Finder (I'm on High Sierra).

So, the goal is to be able to preview and Quick Look MXF files in Finder. Apple has a Pro Video Formats update that I think would do the trick, but it requires having Final Cut, Motion, or Compressor, which I don't.

Does anyone know if there's a way to get those codecs so they can manually be placed in the Library/QuickTime directory? Or is there some other solution I'm not thinking of?


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