Easily Play and Edit Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 Video on Mac El Capitan

Diana Joan

Nov 17, 2015 08:04 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Canon has just announced the addition of two new handheld video cameras to its X-series, the XA35 and XA30. Those two cameras are mainly designed for professionals videographers with the capability to record AVCHD or MPEG4 format video at resolution up to 1080p and at a frame rate of 24, 30 or 60fps. For Mac users who have problem to play and edit Canon XA35/XA30 video footage on Mac OS X El Capitan, just refer to the tips and solutions below.

Canon XA35/XA30

Play and convert Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD MP4 on Mac

If you are looking for a free way to play the AVCHD or MP4 video footage recorded with Canon XA35/XA30, VLC Media player can be your first choice, just go to download VLC for Mac on your Mac computer, then you will be able to enjoy both AVCHD and MP4 video with VLC with quality. Besides that, VLC also empowers with the ability to convert the AVCHD or MP4 video to various common file formats such as AVI, WMV, MP4, QuickTime File, MKV, WebM, etc that are compatible with your media player devices or video editing applications.

However, since VLC is just a free opens-source media player app, it can not output all the format that you need for Canon XA35/XA30 post-production workflow, especially the professional video editing codec like Apple Intermedia Codec or iMovie/FCE or the Apple Prores Codec or Final Cut Pro. Therefore, it is essential for you to find a VLC Media Player alternative app to address Canon XA35/XA30 video footage playback and editing issues.

Here, you are recommended to download Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which is the standalone and simple to use application with the great functionality to transcode Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 to various different file formats or devices optimized file formats for playing Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 with QuickTime, iTunes or transferring and watching on iPhone, iPad, iPod.

Furthermore, as a professional video editing codec producer, the program gives you the chance to transcode Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie/FCE/FCP best compatible editing codec AIC/Apple Prores to ensure you a fast and fluid workflow. Apart from Canon XA35/XA30, the program also facilitates you to fix the video importing and editing problem of Canon C100/C100 Mark II AVCHD video on Mac OS X El Capitan.

Step 1: Add Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 video files.

Launch the program on your computer, add Add Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 video files to the program by clicking the "Add Video" or "Add folder" button.

Add Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From "Format" drop-down option, for playing AVCHD/MP4 files with QuickTime on Mac, choose "Common Video" > "MOV-QuickTime (* mov)" as the output file format, to edit Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 video on Mac El Capitan, you can choose other "iMovie and Final Cut Ex..." > "Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov) or "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" according the professional video editing application you are going to work with.

Define output file format

1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom "Convert" button to start Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 video to Mac El Capitan conversion process..

When the conversion is completed, you will get no problems to play Canon XA35/XA30 MP4/AVCHD files with QuickTime, for editing output footage with iMovie/FCE/FCP, follow the guides offered in the articles below:
How to Import Media Files (Video/Audio/Photo) to iMovie?
Import Video Files to FCP X and Log & Transfer Files to FCP 6/7

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