Monday, July 20, 2015

Workflow for Using Panasonic AJ-PX380 P2 MXF files in Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X with OS X

Come here to find out more about the features and specifications of Panasonic's AJ-PX380 4K camcorder, to make it easier for editing Panasonic AJ-PX380 P2 multi audio channels MXF videos with Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac OS X.

Panasonic AJ-PX380, a 1/3" AVC-Ultra shoulder-mount camcorder with networking capabilities and dual-codec recording, making it well suited to fast-paced ENG shooting. The camcorder accepts 1/3" to 2/3" lens adapters for use with existing 2/3" zoom and prime lenses and offers a variety of recording modes, including the full range of 100 Mbps AVC-Intra formats up to 1080/60p. It has dual microP2 card slots, a P2 card slot, and an SD card. Professional connections include HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI in/out, 3G-SDI out for 1080 60p video, genlock in/video out for multi-camera operation, timecode I/O, and USB2.0 (host and device) interfaces.

The multi-codec AVC-ULTRA offers 10-bit 4:2:2 recording in full quality, along with lower bitrate AVC-Proxy video for easy uploading or offline editing. It will record in AVC-LongG for on-air content and offers three bit rates: AVC-LongG50/25 providing bit rates of approximately 50/25 Mbps, and the more economical AVC-LongG12, which is optimized for field wireless workflows.

While, when you want to import AJ-PX380 MXF P2 files in FCP for editing, you will get frustrated due to the video codec incompatibility problem.

So for people who want to edit P2 MXF in FCP 6/7/X always want to keep the multiple audio/video track separately as original. Is it possible to solve this big puzzle?

Of course! YES! Come and meet the Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac and follow these steps as below. With it you are allowed to preserve all or any audio tracks for output Prores .MOV and mix the multiple audio tracks into one if you need. Besides FCP, it also offers other optimized codec for non-linear editing programs, such as AIC for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere .etc.

Free download the P2 MXF to FCP Converter

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

How to convert Panasonic AJ-PX380 P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Install and launch this P2 MXF Converter Mac on your computer. Transfer your MXF footages from Panasonic AJ-PX380 to the converter.

1. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have download and installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs manually, or you may get files with sound only without video.
2. When import MXF videos to the MXF Converter, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder’s P2 card. If you only have some loose .MXF clips, your files will have image only without audio.
3. If you wanna merge several P2 MXF videos into one file, just tick the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select output format

Click on the "Format" bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422" or "Apple ProRes 422 HQ" or "Apple ProRes 4444" as the output format.

Tip: If you want to set some parameters for the output profile, you could click the "Settings" button to set the output bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc.

Step 3: Start conversion

Tap Convert button to start transcoding AJ-PX380 P2 MXF to ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" to find the .MOV videos which can be directly imported to FCP. Now you can edit MXF clips from Panasonic AJ-PX380 in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X without any problem.

More Topics:

How to Import MXF files to iMovie
How to Convert MXF files for Editing in Avid
How to Convert MXF footage for Editing in Premiere Pro

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