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#1 13-02-2014 07:36:00

Date d'inscription: 17-12-2013
Messages: 555

Tricks for Editing Canon C300 MXF footage in Avid Media Composer

Summary: If you have problems when importing Canon C300 MXF files to Avid Media Composer, you can follow this tutorial to convert C300 footage to DNxHD .mov to achieve your goal smoothly.

The Canon EOS C300 is a hot camera that supports the Full HD recordings, utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper. Though MXF is great video format to record high-definition videos, it is not easy to use for they are not natively supported by most video editing programs. For example, we can’t import and edit Canon C300 video in Avid Media Composer directly. The easy workaround to get the work done is to transcode C300 MXF files to Avid friendly DNxHD codec. The following guide shares with you the way converting Canon C300 MXF for using in Avid Media Composer.

Converting Canon C300 files to DNxHD MOV for Editing in Avid Media Composer

The quick workaround I’ve worked out is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft MXF Converter for Mac which can be used as a MXF to Avid Converter under Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks(10.9). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere, ProRes for FCP, etc. If you’re running a Windows computer, please turn to the alternative Windows version- MXF Converter. Below is how.

Step 1: Add MXF files to the converter

Get the MXF Converter for Mac, launch it to add your Canon C300 MXF files. Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, and then click the "add files" button to browse to import MXF videos.

Step 2: Choose Avid Media Composer editable format

Click on “ Format” and you will get a dropdown menu , then move you pointer to Avid Studio > Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

Tips: You can click settings button to customize the output video parameters as you want, such as video resolution, video bitrate, etc.

Step 3: Transcode Canon C300 MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid MC

Click “Convert” button and the selected MXF files will be converted to DNxHD .mov immediately. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” to find converted footage for importing to Avid Media Composer (Version 7/6.5/6/5.5/5…).

Additional Tips:
This MXF to DNxHD Mac Converter also allows you to transcode Canon XF, Panasonic P2 MXF recoding to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, and more NLEs with the optimal presets like ProRes, Apple InterMedaite Codec, MPEG-2, etc.

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#2 14-02-2014 10:14:38

Date d'inscription: 17-12-2013
Messages: 227

Re: Tricks for Editing Canon C300 MXF footage in Avid Media Composer

Learn how to process AVCHD Media for Editing in Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X.
You may encounter issues if you are working with an AVCHD container that has .mts files, you will immediately notice the following drawbacks.

Final Cut Pro X: Extremely slow processing times when importing .mts media.

Adobe Premiere: Provides immediate access to .mts files, but with a very annoying audio conforming process that decreases system performance until finished.

Avid Media Composer: It is unable to directly import or link to .mts files.  You must transcode the media ahead of time.

So with that being said, transcoding your media into a friendlier video format will provide the following advantages.

*faster import times
*improved playback performance (i.e, multicam playback)
*more real-time effects
*faster render times
*faster export  times
*cross editing platform compatibility
*better for archival storage

There are many third party software products that convert AVCHD media and/or .mts files into a different format.  For this article, I successfully tested some conversion software called Brosoft.

In the above example, I successfully converted five .mts files from within an AVCHD container into a single Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime movie.  Converting 10 GB of media took approximately 1 hour to convert using a Mac Book Pro Retina.

Once the conversion process was finished, all three software editing packages (Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X) had a much easier time dealing with the ProRes media.

Source:Preprocessing AVCHD Media for Editing

Guide: Preprocessing AVCHD Media for Editing in Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X

Step 1: Install and launch this MTS Converter for Mac on your Mac. Transfer your Canon Vixia footages to the converter.
Tip: If you want, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Click “format” bar to choose the output format.

For FCP: Click and choose Final Cut Pro–>Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the output format.
FCP 6 or ealier version only can support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ). FCP 7 or above can support Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444Pro and Res 422(Proxy).
For iMovie: Click and choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express–> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the output format
For Avid Media Composer: Click and choose Avid Media Composer–>Avid DNxHD(*.mov)

Step 3: You can tap “settings” to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is better (If the original recordings are 1080 50p, pls set 25fps)

Step 4: Click convert button to start converting AVCHD mts files to Apple ProRes/AIC/Avid on Mac OS X.

After Canon Vixia conversion finished , you can click “open” to find the output file, then you can import converted files into FCP/iMovie/Avid MC for editing easily.

1. For your original 1080/60i footages, you need to deinterlace 1080/60i AVCHD footages to remove all these interlacing artifacts from videos via ticking the “Deinterlacing” box in the Video Editor interface.
2. If the supposed size of the input files is 1GB, then the memory space should be up to 40GB.
3. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
4. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.
5. Crop: Edit –> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
6. Double click the imputed file, you can preview your footages in the software window.

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Source:Process AVCHD Media for Editing in Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X

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