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Import Panasonic P2 MXF into FCP X on Mac

Created on: Jun 20, 2014 2:50 AM by blustina - Last Modified:  Jun 20, 2014 3:04 AM by blustina
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If FCP X refused reading P2 media files because you did not copy the  whole structure, you may be interested in this post. It introduces a  useful software program that is able to help you getting usable MXF  media out of a somehow defective P2 card.

User  Question: "Can anyone help me with not being able to import P2 media  files from my external hard drive into FCP X? I did something to the  file structure in the copy to HD process then both FCP X and Panasonic  P2 Viewer would not mount the Card. The structure seemed the same  however I think I moved the last Text file and could not get it back.  Any help in words of one syllable appreciated."

Keep in mind that  P2 media need to retain their folder structure to be recognized by FCP  X. Otherwise, you can not expect FCP X to read MXF clips on a P2 card.  If you have already lost some file in the backup process, HD Video  Converter for Mac will fix that. From HD Video Converter for Mac you  could mount the P2 MXF files you copied to your HD, and transcode P2 MXF  to Apple ProRes for editing within FCPX.

Try out best MXF to FCP Converter here.


As the name implies, the Acrok MXF Converter for Mac,  which works great as a P2 MXF Video Converter for Mac, is a converter  program designed for transcoding HD media, including camera and  camcorder videos files to whatever format you need with best video and  audio synchronization. It supported camera brands include Canon, Sony,  JVC, Nikon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Red, Blackmagic, Sanyo, and so  on. With this little tool, you are able to create editable files for  NLEs like FCP X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid MC, DaVinci  Resolve, Premiere Pro CS 6, Sony Vegas, etc. and export playable files  for iOS devices, Android devices, HD Media Players, Game consoles and  more.

What to do if FCP X does not recognise your P2 MXF media files?

Assuming  you did not copy the whole P2 structure so FCPX can't "see" them, you  could try to rewrap them to QuickTime ProRes using top MXF Converter. To  do format conversion, follow these steps:

Step 1: Install and run Acrok MXF Converter for Mac as the best MXF video conversion software. As soon as the main interface pops up, click 'Add Video' or 'Add from folder' button to load source video files.

Step 2: Select output format for FCP X

In order to convert P2 MXF media files to Apple ProRes for FCP X or the  former version FCP 6 and 7, from the Format bar, navigate to 'Final Cut  Pro' catalogue, and select 'Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)' as target format.  Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and FCP 6/7, so  when loading them into FCP, you needn't wait for a long time for the  rendering process.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings

Click 'Settings' button, the 'Profile Settings' window pops up, on  which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit  rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.

Step 4: Start transcoding P2 MXF shootings to ProRes 422

When ready, click 'Convert' button to convert P2 MXF media files to Apple ProRes for editing with FCP X.

Tips: if  you don't want to wait around in front of your computer for the  converting process, you can tick off 'Shut down computer after  conversion' and go away to do other things.

Step 5: Click 'Open' button to get the generated ProRes 422 MOV files

When  the conversion is finished, simply click 'Open' button to get the  exported ProRes files for using in Final Cut Pro X with optimum  performance.

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