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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.7 - Import Canon XF100 MXF Media

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tlgunder Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 21, 2013 9:44 AM



I'm doing some various workflow tests and have run into a problem with one of my main shooting formats -- Canon's X300 XF100 MXF media won't import after I've copied the files off of the CF card to my working hard drive. The CF card with the original footage has long been formatted so I can't plug that in and import from camera. The Canon XF plugin has been installed on the computer.


Anyone out there have any ideas how I can import this footage? I shouldn't be forced to import directly from the card--that's not always possible as we sometimes have to dump footage on set and format the cards for shooting.


iMac 12,2

OS: Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.7




Final Cut Pro X, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    There are quite a few threads on this.


    If you copy the entire file structure and have installed the correct plug-in for ML, it should work very efficiently.


    Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 1.31.20 PM.png



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    Yup. You copy the entire folder structure.



  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Russ H,


    Ok. So now that I've downloaded the newest Canon Plug-in for FCPX and I'm finally able to import the CF Card files I have saved on my Thunderbolt drive directly into FCPX without all this transcoding, I wonder...


    Is this the best workflow/solution? Am I good or do I need to follow some of the older MXF info here and on the rest of the net? Will my final output be as good without transcoding to ProRes? I'm hoping so, but thought it best to ask.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    mlaughbaum wrote:


    Will my final output be as good without transcoding to ProRes? I'm hoping so, but thought it best to ask.

    I doubt any difference will be detectable whether native or Pro Res.



  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:03 AM (in response to Russ H)

    Hi Russ,


    I'm hoping you might have an answer for me...


    Searching for a quick CF Card dump, I've tried saving my Canon FX100 file via card reader directly to my thunderbolt drive. However, even though the structure looks exactly the same as mentioned above, I am unable to archive or import any of the files into FCPX. Archiving/importing directly from the reader through FCP works just fine, but takes quite a bit longer.


    I'm very uncertain as to why this is happening and what the difference might be.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    I'm puzzled too.


    I have gone through a long list of media files – some copied – some imported directly – and I don't find any difference in being able to read them.


    Later today I may be able to run some tests that will identify something.



  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:43 AM (in response to Russ H)

    Are you saying this doesn't happen for you? That you're able to import or archive regardless of where your contents file is located? 

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    Well, not exactly. I don't keep my media, projects, or events on my boot drive so I didn't check that.  All I did is look at files on onr media drive to see how accessible they were from an import window. Just looked through the drive I currently have mounted.


  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to Russ H)

    I use an external drive for my media as well. I guess what I'm trying to acertain is if this is "my" problem and whether or not this workflow "should" work.


    Now that I think of it, I believe the workflow did work for an evening when I first installed the plug-in. But at one point I renamed the folder (before I read the info here) so not every folder was called contents. I've been unable to import or archive since then.


    Wondering if I should do a reinstall of FCP and/or the plug-in.


    Also now wondering how if you have multiple cards to dump at once, you DO keep all the contents folders on the same disk. How would one designate what info is on each card and not have them overwrite each other?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)

    I was able to do a quick check this afternoon – bringing these files into my boot drive.


    MBP, running 10.7. Copied full card (Contents) to desktop and then imported successfully to event in User>Movies.


    Also imported directly from camera into FCPX without issues.


    Perhaps you could post a couple of screen shots: of your import window with the Canon folder open. A finder shot of the opened folder.



  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 10:33 AM (in response to Russ H)



    I feel like a dolt...


    It seems you need to capitalize CONTENTS. I had re-renamed the folder Contents. You live, you learn!


    I do have another question, and I'm not sure about "Thread Ettiquette" so if I'm breaking it, I apologize to the rest of you.


    I mostly edit in multicam mode, and I've recently upgraded from SD to HD. I now have a new iMac (3.4 GHz i7 with 32 GB of Ram, a 2GB NVIDIA GPU), use an external Thunderbolt drive (2 TB 10,000 RPM RAID 0) for my media, and use a separate 2 TB external drive to archive all my footage. I use ML ver. 10.8.4 and edit on FCPX as you know.   I'm shooting on 3 Canon XF100 cameras.


    When I tried to edit natively in multicam mode with optimized media (but not proxied), FCP crashed twice. So of course, I decided to create proxies and everything worked fine.


    My question is: with a decent setup like mine, shouldn't my system be able to handle mutlicam natively? Why all the crashing?



  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)

    FCP handles XDCAM natively but it is a pretty processor intensive format, requires a lot of CPU and multistream can be difficult. Proxy is the way to go with this format as if I remember correctly it doesn't optimize.

  • mlaughbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom.


    Is MXF the same as XDCAM?

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