How to edit and play MXF footage in Final Cut Pro on Mac? As we all know, for the compatibility issue, Many MXF Camcorder users have the experiences with Plug-in or MXF converter. About Canon XF plug-in for Final Cut Pro or Top Reviews MXF Converter, which one is better? This article will make an all-around comparison to help you choose the best and easiest solution to edit MXF recordings in FCP. Let's take a look!

Canon XF plug-in:

Pros:

1. Free
2. Supports native MXF importing
3. Brings MXF to Final Cut Pro which allows you to use the Log and Transfer function to edit MXF captured with the XF camcorders.
3. Play back MXF clips and download these files in native or Apple ProRes 422 format (excluding files recorded in 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/30P, 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/25P, and 50 Mbps (4:2:2) 1280x720/24P modes).

Cons:

1. Only available for Canon MXF files
2. Cannot handle well with 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 19201080, (60i/30p/24p),etc
3. Can't import mxf-files into FCP 10.0.8 after Mavericks
4. May cause errors due to incompatible codecs
5. Spends a lot of time with complex steps

MXF Converter

Pros:

1. Fastest convert MXF to ProRes with three clicks
2. Multiple types: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 4444 for FCP
3. Import MXF, P2 MXF, XDCAM MXF from Sony, JVC, Panasonic, etc
4. Supports transcoding MXF to any other video format for all NLE systems, Media Player and portable devices
5. guide MXF files into FCP 10.0.8 after Mavericks (Aunsoft C300 MXF to FCP Converter)
6. Preset video/audio settings, such as video frame rate for flawlessly editing in FCP
7. Save rendering time

Cons:

1. Not free
2. You can't edit native MXF files in FCP

Below is a step-by-step tutorial to transcode EOS C300 MXF to FCP with Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac. From the above conparison, you must be clearly know the different features of Plug-in and MXF Converter. In general, you can smoothly edit native MPEG-2 MXF, but FCP is designed to work best in ProRes. However, by default, Log & Transfer will either convert the footage to ProRes or just re-wrap clips into MOV format. It seems the conversion is unavoidable. So let's take a look at the simply three clicks.

Click1: import MXF recordings

After connecting your Canon C300 camcorder to Mac via USB, you can just drag and drop them to the program window. Or click "Add Video" or "Add from folder".

Click2: Choose a kind of ProRes codec as the best output format from "Format> Final Cut Pro" menu. Then you can set audio and video profile. (Optional)

Click3: Canon C300 MXF to FCP converter

The Canon C300 MXF to FCP Converter will run fast even on the latest Mavericks 10.9.1. With just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export ProRes MOV quickly.

By the way, this versatile MXF Converter also with the multiple functions to transcode AVCHD, TiVo, SWF, Blu-ray/DVD formats, etc.