Can’t Edit Canon C300 MXF Footage in FCP X-The Solution

The Canon EOS C300 is the midrange model in the company’s lineup of professional video cameras, that has all the markings of a serious video camera, including a modular design with a removable handgrip, an external LCD that can mount on the chassis or be moved off-camera, dual CompactFlash memory card slots, and more buttons than you can shake a stick at. However, users may find it’s a hard time to edit Canon C300 MXF Footage into FCP X, issues as below:

Q: “So I shot about 100GB worth of footage on a C300. Now, when I go to import the footage into FCPX, I get the message “None of the selected files or folders can be imported. Change the selection and try again.”

I’ve read in other threads that FCPX directly supports MXF files, and that I should just be able to import directly. However, it’s not working! Anyone else deal with this or have found a solid workaround?”

Solution 1. Use Canon XF utility and Plugins

Canon provides a piece of software called the Canon XF utility. You can use the Canon XF Utility download clips off your original media from a CF card (The C300 records to Compact Flash cards) and backing up the clips in a unique folder based on the date and time of the transfer. Everything ready? No! Next step you’ll need to install Canon XF plugin and finally launch Final Cut Pro to begin the import process. If it still not works, please switch to solution 2.

Solution 2. Transcode Canon C300 MXF to Apple for FCPX Editing

Since FCP is designed to work best in ProRes, the easy wokraround is to use 3rd-party software to convert Canon C300 MXF to ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro. The job can be done effortlessly with the help of Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, which can convert C300 MXF files to ProRes 422 ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple mxf videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion.

Step 1. Launch the MXF to Apple ProRes Converter on Mac. Click the button “File” to add MXF files to it. If it is necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.


Step 2. Click the format bar, and select “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format, which ensure the best video editing with FCPX on Mac.

Step 3.  (Optional) You can click “Properties” to adjust the audio stream ID if you find the C300 MXF no sound. Besides, you can click “Settings” button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need.

Step 4. Finally, click “Convert” button and your MXF files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into FCP. Then, you have no hassle to import and edit the converted Canon C300 MXF in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6.

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