DaVinci Resolve: Import Panasonic P2 MXF to DaVinci Resolve on Mac

Diana Joan

Mar 10, 2016 09:38 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Newly installed Davinci Resolve on my Mac, but it can not import the P2 MXF file from P2 MXF folder which copied from my Pansonic P2 camera and saved on Mac hard drive. I have tried many different methods searched on the web, none of them can be worked. What type of video files can not be imported in Davinci Resolve and what the problem ah? The problem is caused by the codec incompatible issues or should I install a plug-in? Is there a detail step by step tutorial to make my P2 MXF recognized by Davinci Resolve? Thanks!


DaVinci Resolve supported file type

From Blackmagicdesign, DaVinci Resolve allows full unlimited editing and grading of DPX, CIN, EXR, QuickTime, ProRes, DNxHD and MXF files all in real time. If you have commonly used media folders for slates or bumper graphics you can quickly access them with one click using "Favorites" or import TIFF, JPEG, MOV, TGA , BMP and every other supported file just by dragging it in from the your desktop!

If you directly transfer the files from camera, it would compatible with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW, ARRI Alexa RAW and Amira. RED One, EPIC, Scarlet and Dragon R3D files including +5K, monochrome and HDRx images. Also supported are Cineform, Cineform 3D, Phantom Raw, GoPro, Nikon, Canon C300, C500 and 1D, 5D, 7D and the raw cameras from Sony F65/F55/F5 RAW and their XAVC variants and many, many more!

Brief method you may try

So you see the problem - The Panasonic P2 footage, which is saved in .mxf container, is not listed as a supported media. Well, it's not a blanket statement. I have tried the method below, somehow, in my windows version Davinci Reslove, it works, you may try it on.

Connect the Panasonic P2 with your computer via USB directly, adjust the camera as output mode so that the computer display the Panasonic P2 as a removable disk. Open "My Computer", find the removable disk -- actually that is Panasonic P2, contain the P2 MXF files , double click, it will show all your video files, then select your video files, right-click on the "Add to Library and upload" button.

For you, although Davinci Resolve is installed on your Mac, if you connect the Panasonic P2 with your Mac via USB directly, the P2 MXF files could be select in the folder and add to Davinci Resolve Media Pool.

All-in-one solution for add P2 MXF to Davinci Resolve

If it still grey out, you are recommended to transcode the Panasonic P2 MXF to Davinci Resolve supported QuickTime, ProRes, DNxHD codec.

To convert Panasonic P2 MXF to DaVinci Resolve easily and quickly, Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to DaVinci Resolve compatible video(QuickTime, ProRes, Avid DNxHD is well supported by this powerful editing system) with original quality.

Besides DaVinci Resolve, this program can help you convert then import P2 MXF video to FCP X/7, iMovie, FCE, Avid MC, Premiere Pro/CS 4/CS 5/CS 6, Pinnacle Studio, QuickTime, iTunes and other editing applications.

Also with it you can adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels... make it more suitable for the DaVinci Resolve or other NLEs.

Plus, this program allows us to edit P2 MXF video files: Clip, Crop, Merge, Apply effect, set output parameter, Snapshot, Rotate etc. Then transcode P2 MXF to the common format such as *.mp4, *.mov, *.avi, *.wmv for media players, portable devices.

How to convert Panasonic P2 MXF to Davinci Resolve suitable ProRes

Step 1: Load Panasonic P2 MXF files.

Click "Add" button to load Panasonic P2 MXF files or directly drag the footage to the program. You can check the "Merge into one" box to join several video files together.


Step 2: Select the output format.

From "Final Cut Pro" catalogue, and select "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as target format. It's best suitable for DaVinci Resolve editing.


Read the difference of ProRes.

  • Apple ProRes 422 - Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) - Keep original video quality for editing;
  • Apple ProRes 422 (LT) - Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) - SD levels - 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
  • Apple ProRes 4444 - Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article Differences among Apple ProRes codec.


1. If necessary, you can click "Settings" button and go to "Profiles Settings" panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels.


2. If you interested in built-in editor, select one item to active the "Video Editor" functions, click the pencil like icon on the main interface to open the "Video Editor" Window, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip video, trim, add special effect, reset, and adjust volume.


Step 4: Start the conversion.

Go back to the main UI and click "Convert"button to start Panasonic P2 MXF to DaVinci Resolve best suitable ProRes 422 (*.mov) format conversion process.

When the conversion is done, click "Open Output Folder" button to pop out the folder with converted files, then you can add those files into DaVinci Resolve Media Pool without any issues.

By the way, if you know any guy have the P2 MXF or other codec/format (you think this program can handle with) incompatible issues on Windows system, please tell him/her, Pavtube HD Video Converter (Windows version) should be the best choice.

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