MXF codec for Avid MC - Open and Edit all MXF files in Avid Media Composer

Trouble importing and editing MXF video files in Avid Media Composer? The article mainly shows you how to transcode MXF files to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer in detail so that you can get Avid Media Composer work with MXF footage smoothly.

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Media Composer 7 brings forth the next phase in the Avid Media Access (AMA) workflow. AMA is Avid’s answer to the ability of other packages to read media in their native formats. Other packages allow video producers to import the footage and read the root files while editing. Then, in order to view the video in real-time, you often need to render the clips in your timeline. Traditionally, Avid editors have assistant editors that transcode the footage upon ingest. (This can save studios considerable dollars, as AEs have a lower pay rate per hour than editors.) This generation of AMA not only allows editors to reference clips in their original format, but also transcode in the background.

Question: MXF in Avid Media Composer 7 ? Help !
i am using avid media composer 7 on windows os 7. i need the Best Workflow of MXF files "recorded from Canon C300 MK II" edited in avid and the output format should be in "HD" Television broadcasting standards.
2. Best and no cost, way to import 4k/1080p MXF files in to Avid MC 7
immediately Please. Thanks!"

Before getting MXF files into Avid Media Composer, you'd better convert MXF to DNxHD MOV first. This format will allow you to drop your MXF files directly into Media Composer without rendering.

And Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the ideal tool to achieve your goal smoothly.

Overall, the program is a professional app which allows for creation of MXF files with the Avid DNxHD codec under Mac OS X. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Canon/P2/Sony XDCAM MXF to edit in Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more without problems. It works well and converts flawlessly. If you are running a Windows PC, please turn to MXF Converter. Below is how.

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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How to Convert MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV

The quick start guide below uses MXF Converter Windows screenshots. The way to rewrap MXF files for Avid on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer's operating system.

Step 1: load MXF files
Once you run the Avid MXF Converter, click "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to load your source MXF files. When the MXF files are loaded to the program, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.

Step 2. Choose output format for MXF to Avid conversion
Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow "Avid Media Composer" > Avid DHxHD (*.mov)”.


If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 4: Start converting MXF to Avid DNxHD

Click "Convert" button and the Canon/Panasonic P2/Sony XDCAM MXF files will be converted to Avid DNxHD MOV immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Avid Media Composer perfectly.

Additional Tips:
If you want to edit MXF files in Prermiere Pro or Vegas Pro, you just need to choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format in the second step. If you're using a Mac and want to use MXF files in Final Cut Pro, please choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output; for iMovie and FCE, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".

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