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Importing Canon MXF files to FCP X

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fbcbootie Calculating status...
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Oct 29, 2012 9:29 AM

Canon XF300.

Mountain Lion 10.8.2.

Final Cut Pro X


Many threads seem to point to needing a converter for these files before FCP X will read them. 

I've seen a thread or two more recently where someone suggests FCP X will import MXF files directly with no conversion needed.  I would like that, but can't seem to verify it works with my scenario. It sure doesn't seem to for me.


Canon has drivers and sofware on their site for the Lion OS, but nothing listed for Mountain Lion, leaving me to believe the drivers are not yet available or not necessary. 


When I try importing my footage directly from the camera in the File/Import/Media... screen, FCP X tells me:

"No Importable Files"

"None of the selected files or folders can be imported."


So, can MXF files be imported directly into FCP X or not?  If so, what am I missing?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,640 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to fbcbootie)

    The threads you're reading may be obosolete.


    What version are you using?


    • You can now import and export MXF files using third-party plug-ins. For a list of supported media files, seeSupported media formats.


    You need to get the Canon plugin.


  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to fbcbootie)

    According to the Canon site it doesn't seem to be available for 10.8, but I can confirm it works well in 10.7. Hopefully you'll hear something encouraging from Canon.


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    Good luck.



  • Jakob Peterhänsel Level 3 Level 3 (655 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:47 AM (in response to Russ H)

    The plugin installes on 10.8, but I don't have a camera archive from a Canon XF(300) to test with.

    If anyone can provide (a small) one, I'll be happy to test..


    Update: It was the Sonu plugin that installed.. the Canon has a OS check.. :-/

  • tor-eddie Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2012 5:52 PM (in response to fbcbootie)

    I have a brand new Canon XF300 camcorder. When it was purchased in September 2012, the Canon website said Mountain Lion compatible software would be available mid October. Canon has changed that to "There is no software/utility available for this OS". I have contacted Canon tech support via e-mail and phone about once a week the last 4-5 weeks asking when updates will be made available. The standard answer is always that they (tech support) have not been provided any updated information from the Canon development team. That was until two days ago, when I finally was able to speak to a supervisor who claimed that the problem is not with Canon, but rather with Apple. He claimed that Apple has not provided Canon with the necessary information and plug-in material. As a consumer, I´m caught in the middel. It is time for these two to work this out. It should not take months and months to develop updates third party software after an OS release. So, is this an Apple problem, or is it a Canon problem?

  • tor-eddie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to fbcbootie)


    when you use bigasoft to convert, are you converting to "ProRes422" or are you able to use "native" format? I understand that when you are using Canon´s XF utility and plug-in with Mac OS versions prior to 10.8, you have a choice of importing your video either as "native" or "ProRes422". If you are using the "native" format, the files are supposedly about 200% smaller than the "ProRes422" format, and without changing the quality. This is significant when it comes to storage space. Using "native" is also a time saver because reformatting to "ProRes422" takes far more time.

  • tor-eddie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to fbcbootie)

    Guess what, Canon finally seems to have released XF300 software compatible with OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). I received this e-mail yesterday (December 2, 2012) from Canon customer support:


    "We appreciate your continued correspondence regarding the plugin for your XF300 under Mac OS 10.8.

    Actually, it appears that the update was just published that does support your configuration.  You can find it on our web site at this address: o_cameras/xf300#DriversAndSoftware


    I appreciate your patience in this matter.

    Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your XF300. Thank you for choosing Canon."


    Thought I´d let you know.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to tor-eddie)




  • eastdavid1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:25 AM (in response to fbcbootie)

    You can try Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac to transcode to ProRes 422 codec, and then you can import without rendering.

  • brown198754 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 18, 2013 1:47 AM (in response to fbcbootie)

    As Apple Inc.’s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers, OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) is the ninth major release of OS X. It’s quick, familiar, cheap, and drenched in iOS goodness. However, after updated and installed Mountain Lion on Mac, many Final Cut Pro (mainly FCP X and FCP 7) users found they could not import mts, mxf, ect files into FCP anymore.


    You can try to redownload and reinstall the FCPX. If not, you can contact after-sales service to get a free way to solve the problem.


    You also can ignore the problem and download and insatll a MXF Converter to convert MXF to FCP's antive format ProRes before importing. I have been using Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, it work fast and it can keep the original video quality for editing. Besides, the conversion process will help you to save the rendering time. The most important is that it has five types of Apple prores codecs for choosing.


  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,640 points)
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    Mar 18, 2013 1:54 AM (in response to brown198754)

    Completely unnecessary. Don't waste your money on this.

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