How to edit Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF files in FCP X?

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What’s the best workflow for Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF video files and Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? The workflow would depend greatly on how powerful your Mac system is. If for any reason you are unable to use Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF files in Final Cut Pro X fluidly, this tutorial may shed you some light. It explains a way of transcoding Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF media to FCP X preferred ProRes 422 codec for a smooth editing workflow on your Mac machine.

How to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing

“I have an issue with Olympus OM-D E-M5 II 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 Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and other cameras. To be able to use Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF media in FCP X fluidly, you could convert them first. Check a guide on how to encode Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF files to ProRes codec for editing in FCP X fluently.



How to transcode Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing?

To transcode Olympus OM-D E-M5 II 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)
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Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Olympus OM-D E-M5 II MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Olympus OM-D E-M5 II 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 OM-D E-M5 II 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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