Import and Edit Panasonic P2 Card MXF files with Final Cut Pro Mac OS X

Diana Joan

Jul 03, 2015 06:53 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Problem of importing Panasonic P2 card MXF files to FCP

Panasonic P2 MXF to FCP

"I am trying to import Panasonic P2 card mxf files but it's unable to do that, as all of you know that there are two types of mxf formats. 1)OP-atom(recording format with containing folders from P2 Cam), 2)OP1a(A/V embedded format). I want to import these two category of files to FCP X timeline unfortunately FCP X is not importing, I like to know that. Is there any option have in the FCP X? So that I can import it natively? Let me know if you have any idea?

The Panasonic P2 cards are re-writable solid-state memory cards that are used in various Panasonic camcorders and other devices for recording the video footage. The formats recorded on Panasonic P2 cards that are stored in MXF container files including DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra.

Workflow of Panasoic P2 cards MXF files on FCP

Generally speaking, Final Cut Pro has no problem to import P2 MXF files such as AVC-Intra or DVCPRO HD independently. However, in most conditions, the MXF files footage recorded on Panasonic P2 cards may contain more than one codec, so that Final Cut Pro can not justify which codec to import. The best solution is to transocde Panasonic P2 MXF files to Final Cut Pro natively compatible Apple Prores Codec, which will also bring you a fast and fluid workflow with perfect quality.

To Encode Panasonic P2 MXF to Apple Prores Codec, Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac(best Mac MXF Converter Review) can be a good option for you. It can comprehensively convert DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra formats files stored on Panasonic P2 MXF container to Final Cut Pro best compatible editing codec Apple Prores.

Tips: The program provides many types of Apple Prores codec as output format. If you are going to do the post production workflow online, it is idea for you to transcode files to Apple Prores 422(HQ) codec, However, if you're doing an offline edit, and footage quality for editing is not an issue, you can save disk space and bandwidth by editing with Apple ProRes 422 (LT) files or even Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) files.

How to wrap Panasonic P2 MXF files to Apple Prores Codec for Final Cut Pro editing?

Step 1: Load Panasonic P2 MXF files to the program.

Transfer the Panasonic P2 MXF files from the camera to your Mac hard drive, then add it the to the software by clicking "File" >"Add Video/Audio".

Add Panasonic P2 MXF files

Step 2: Select Apple Prores output format.

From the "Format" drop-down list, select the output format from "Final Cut Pro" >"Apple Prores 422 (HQ)(*.mov)" for online editing or "Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.MOV)/Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*.mov)" for offline editing.

Define output profile format

Step 3: Start P2 MXF to FCP Apple Prores encoding process.

Tap right-bottom "Convert" button, you will start the conversion process immediately.

When the conversion is over, feel free to import converted files to Final Cut Pro for furthering professional post workflows.

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