Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper, professional High Definition camcorders like Panasonic AG-AC130EJ, AJ-HPX370, Sony EX camera, Canon XF300, XF305 and Canon EOS C300 has the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. However, if you want to edit them in Final Cut Express 4 and other video editing software, or play them with QuickTime player. You may face the problem that both FCE 4 and QuickTime Player do not recognize the MXF videos. A good way to solve this problem is converting MXF to H.264/AVC MOV for Final Cut Express 4 and QuickTime MOV for Apple player. You can use MXF to MOV Converter for Mac to make it easier.
Below is a simple step-by-step tutorial about how to keep the original quality from these professional High Definition camcorders to H.264/AVC MOV or QuickTime MOV on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion.
To begin with, install and launch this program on your Mac.
Step 1Add MXF videos to this Mac MXF to MOV Converter
Connect your recorder to Mac computer with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the .mxf videos to Apple hard drive disk. Run this program and click the "Add Files" button to load .mxf files.
Step 2Choose MOV as the output format
Click "Profile" button and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) or QuickTime Movie Format > DVCPRO-PAL (*.mov) as output format.
Also you can click the "Settings" button to do some further settings.
Step 3Click MXF videos to MOV format
After all these settings, you can click the "Convert" button to convert MXF files to the Apple InterMediate Codec MOV. Then you can import the output MOV videos to Final Cut Express for further editing or play them with QuickTime player.