How do you open Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF video in FCP X?

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Since updated to macOS High Sierra, lots of FCP X users have serious troubles dealing with MXF files from Olympus Stylus SH-2 and other camcorders. Is there any possibilities to solve these problems? In this article, we explain a workaround to transcode Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF footage for easier use in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

How to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing

“Hi guys, I’ve been struggling with one problem none has been able to fix so far. I’m editing some MXF files coming from a Olympus Stylus SH-2 through FCP X. For some reason the Olympus Stylus SH-2 .mxf files are imported without any audio. I have processed a lot of Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF videos in the past without any issues at all and I’m following exactly the same procedure – the only change is that I have updated my OS to High Sierra. This is really strange and I’m wondering if it’s related to some update in FCP X and if anyone else has experienced a similar issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!”

This is a known issue between FCP X and macOS High Sierra. One solution is transcoding Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF media to ProRes codec first, then import into FCP X. Check a guide on how to process Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF to ProRes conversion for FCP X editing.



How to transcode Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing?

To transcode Olympus Stylus SH-2 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 Olympus Stylus SH-2 MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Olympus Stylus SH-2 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 Olympus Stylus SH-2 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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