Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to Nick Treharne)This is the workflow...
1) backup full card
2) import into FCP.
There is no way to make all the shots import as ONE CLIP like a tape. You'll have to make a sequence of them and then use that as the source. BUT CAREFULLY...so you don't nest. Like this:
ShaneMacPro Octo 3.0Ghz, 4GB RAM, ATI 4870, Decklink Extreme 3D,, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Matrox MXO2 Mini, FCP 7.0.3, Avid MC 5, a plaethora of hard drives
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2011 2:34 AM (in response to Nick Treharne)
Your FCP is version 7 or X?
For version 7, just keep the whole structure as it was in the CF card and use Log and Capture to import MXF files from Canon cam to FCP. (Note: I guess you use Canon cam via CF card you mentioned.) But this importing process needs long time for rendering.
For version X, log and capture option is missing. So there is no any possibility to import MXF directly to FCP X. The conversion process is needed. See my blog to know how to convert MXF to Apple Prores for FCP X. From here, you can also know more the structure of CF card.
Remember: Panasonic mxf cam saved mxf videos on P2 card. While Canon mxf cam saved MXF files on CF card.
Good luck. :-)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2011 7:05 AM (in response to vivianfrommadison)
You can in fact import in FCP X, and it's much faster, easier. For P2 cards, you use the Import From Camera, then click "Open Camera Archive". Point to the mounted P2 card, you're ready to import. You can also make a bit-for-bit archive of it.
For FCP 7, I've always recommended making a Disk Image of the card first, use that as your backup.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2012 10:43 PM (in response to Nick Treharne)
In order to make MXF files editable in FCP, Canon launches some related XF plug-ins, via which you can transfer your MXF recordings to your Mac editing software. But as far as we know, Canon XF utility was not used to capture videos from CF cards on location. That is to say, XF utility is not effective for importing Canon MXF clips from CF cards. Besides, due to the limitation of the XF utility, even though you have installed the XF utility, you still get the error message: "(folder name)" contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.". The problem may lie in that the version of your Final Cut Pro or your Mac OS has not been up to its requirement. And it will cost you more money to update of FCP and OS. What is the best and most convenient way to get Canon MXF clips from CF cards to FCP? The answer is a MXF to FCP converter, which is good at MXF to ProRes conversion.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to Nick Treharne)
To transfer .mxf files to apple prores for FCP, mxf to prores converter is a decent program, it supports batch multiple .mxf files conversion at one time. But Not Free
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to Nick Treharne)
Panasonic mxf cam saved mxf videos on P2 card. While Canon mxf cam saved MXF files on CF card.
And as .mxf file format is not fully supported by Mac non-linear editing software like FCP.
For P2 cards, you can use the Import From Camera, then click "Open Camera Archive". And then transfer your P2 MXF to FCP referring to a Panasonic Column.
Compatible OS: Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2013 6:36 PM (in response to Nick Treharne)
if you put all your files into a folder then go to disk utility and make it into a mountable dmg file. once the folder is a .dmg, mount he dmg file into your finder. open final cut pro, then go to file>log and transfer. now because you have this mounted, final cut will find it and load these .mxf files into the window and from there you can log and transcode all your footage to apple pro res.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2013 1:47 AM (in response to Nick Treharne)
To transfer MXF to Final Cut, you will need to convert MXF to Final Cut supported file formats like Apple ProRes.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2013 7:30 PM (in response to Shane Ross)
Yes, ProRes is the best codec for editing with FCP 7 and FCP X. If you want to transcode MXF to FCP ProRes, you need a Apple ProRes Converter to do this. With it, you can convert MXF to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 4444.
3 Steps Guide: Import MXF to FCP X and FCP 7
Step 1: Add video into ProRes Converter
Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes profile for converting MXF to ProRes
Step 3: Convert MXF to ProRes.
After conversion, you can get 1080P MOV ProRes video. You can edit this video with FCP.
personal opinion,just for reference.