Best workflow for Sony 7K MXF and FCP X

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If your FCP X reports an import error or something similar while handling Sony 7K MXF files, you may wish to read this tutorial. We write it to help those who are meeting problems working with Sony 7K MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X. It presents a way of converting Sony 7K MXF files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.

How to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing

“Is there a way to go back to the previous version of Final Cut Pro X? I have serious issues editing Sony 7K MXF footage in FCP X after the upgradation to macOS High Sierra and FCP X 10.4. FCP X won’t import the Sony 7K MXF clips correctly, so they are totally unusable. How can I get a fix for this? Please help.”

As far as I know, it is impossible to download older versions of FCP X from Apple, which is annoying in cases like this. Until Apple fixes this the only solution is to somehow transcode the Sony 7K MXF footage to another format (e.g. Apple ProRes Codec ) that FCP X will handle well.



How to transcode Sony 7K MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing?

To transcode Sony 7K MXF video files to ProRes, do as below:

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
download Mac version

Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony 7K MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony 7K MXF files into it to do conversion at a time.

import MXF video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
We would recommend choosing “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. Apple ProRes is FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Start MXF files conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Sony 7K MXF files to ProRes conversion.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Mac with optimum performance.

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