6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2010 5:54 AM by kskelton
BaluMS Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I'm using FCP 7.0.1 and trying to import an MXF-File of 25 GB into FCP. I read allready a lot of posts in different forums but didn't find the right tool to do the job.
"What kind of MXF?" will be the next question. Well it's deliverd from my broadcaster I should do the subtitling for. I can view it using VLC media player. Media information from VLC shows two streams - video and audio. The video stream says to use codec "mp2V", the audio stream appears as "s16l", 48000 Hz, 16 Bit.

The things I allready tried were "Calibrated{Q} MXF - Leopard", "XDCAM Transfer", "SpotXML 1.1" and "RaylightForMacDemo". Either I was to blockminded to make it run or they could not cope with it. The result is that still I can't stuff the dam... MXF into FCP, not to mention of getting it back that way.

I'm quite desperate because a years work could depend on it. So I loved to get some suggestions.

Thank you!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • kskelton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm experiencing a similar frustration.

    We've started using a new Flash drive recorder (Convergent Designs), which records media in MXF format. VLC plays back the video flawlessly, however when I import into FCP, only 30sec of the original video appears or 350MB of the original 3.5GB file approx. 10% of the original content.

    I also get an error from FCP, noting that the video is not optimized from for FCP? I'm wondering if there is any third party software that can convert MXF files to a more compatible QuickTime standard.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
    which records media in MXF format


    Only if thats what you chose to record it as ... it also supports recording in MOV, .MPG, and .M2V file formats. You would probably want to record as .MOV if your target is to edit in FCP.

    If you are determined for whatever reason to record as MXF then you should check out MXF4Mac's MXF Import : http://mxf4mac.com/mxf-import
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (110,190 points)
    MXF is a wrapper and says nothing about what's inside it. What's the format? Codec? Frame rate? Frame size? Audio?
  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
    Hey Tom, KS already mentioned it was a Convergent Design Flash (XDR or nano) device, so we know that it is MPEG2 422 I-frame or Long GOP.
    Best
    Andy
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (110,190 points)
    Sorry, missed that. Either way it's got to be converted.
  • kskelton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Tom/Andy for your replies.

    I wasn't aware that the Convergent Design recorder was capable of multiple recording formats. The footage was provided to me from our Engineering dept., I assumed that they would have selected a mutually compatible recording format.

    I did find a reasonably priced converter. Thanks again.