How do you open Pentax K-50 MXF video in FCP X?

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If your FCP X reports an import error or something similar while handling Pentax K-50 MXF files, you may wish to read this tutorial. We write it to help those who are meeting problems working with Pentax K-50 MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X. It presents a way of converting Pentax K-50 MXF files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.

How to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing

“Hi, I’m running macOS High Sierra (10.13.2) + Final Cut Pro 10.4 on a Mac Pro 2013 Xeon E5 3Ghz, 32GB RAM with 2xD700. Since the update, FCP X is very slow and buggy. I have big problem with Pentax K-50 MXF footage. FCP X won’t import the Pentax K-50 MXF files any longer. That’s a pity. Does anyone have the the same issues? How do you fix it?”

It’s a FCP X issue with High Sierra. Currently, transcoding your Pentax K-50 MXF footage to ProRes codec will solve the problem. Keep reading and learn how to convert Pentax K-50 MXF files for FCP X editing.



How to transcode Pentax K-50 MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing?

To transcode Pentax K-50 MXF video files to ProRes, do as below:

Video Converter (It is available for Mac, simply download the proper version depending on your computer.)

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Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Pentax K-50 MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Pentax K-50 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 Pentax K-50 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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