Cannot import Pentax 645Z MXF footage into FCP X? This issue may happen due to various reasons. If you are trying to figure out a way solve the issue, you are just here in the right place. Here in this tutorial, we present a way of encoding Pentax 645Z MXF video files to Apple ProRes 422 codec for working with FCP X flawlessly.
“I have an issue with Pentax 645Z MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X. Worked perfectly with Sierra, not working anymore with High Sierra. FCP X reports an import error, then you can play the clip but no sound. Does anyone have the same issue? How do you solve it? Please kindly suggest a solution if you know. Thanks in advance.”
After the upgradation to 10.4 with macOS High Sierra, FCP X has issues coping with MXF footage from Pentax 645Z and other cameras. To be able to use Pentax 645Z MXF media in FCP X fluidly, you could convert them first. Check a guide on how to encode Pentax 645Z MXF files to ProRes codec for editing in FCP X fluently.
To transcode Pentax 645Z MXF video files to ProRes, do as below:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Pentax 645Z MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Pentax 645Z MXF files into it to do conversion at a time.
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.
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.
Step 3: Start MXF files conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Pentax 645Z 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.