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Import Canon XC15 4K XF-AVC MXF Footage into FCP X/7/6 on Mac

The Canon XC15 features a 1″ 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to Ultra HD 4K resolutions at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94p, and an integrated f/2.8 – 5.6, 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode. The camera has separate focus and zoom rings and offers auto and manual focus controls. The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards like the XC10 did. 4K video records to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mbps in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec; while 1080p video writes to SD cards at up to 50 Mbps in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper. Still images are also written to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p and stills will help avoid data mix-ups.

After recording, users may be looking for a way to import Canon XC15 footage into Final Cut Pro for further editing to get their own masterpiece. This article will teach you how to make Canon XC15 and FCP 6/7/X compatible without problems.

The XC15 uses Canon’s new XF-AVC codec to record video files and package them in an .MXF wrapper. The XF-AVC uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, efficiently recording 4K, 2K and HD video to regular memory cards while achieving a high data compression rate and preserving image quality, which is much difficult for FCP 6/7/X to recognize and support.

A fast and fluid workflow for editing Canon XC15 XF-AVC MXF in FCP is to encode Canon XF-AVC codec to Apple ProRes codec with a powerful third party program. Here UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac is highly recommended to you which is professional on dealing with XF-AVC MXF to ProRes for editing in FCP 6/7/X easily and efficiently. 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. Now, download the software on Mac and follow the guide below to start conversion.

Free download the Canon MXF to FCP Converter:

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How to convert Canon XC15 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X?

Step 1: Load MXF footage

Launch the program and click “Add ” button to import the Canon XC15 MXF files to the top MXF to ProRes Converter Mac. Batch conversion is supported.

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.

Canon XC15 MXF Video Converter for Mac

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 Canon XC15 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 Canon XC15 in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X without any problem.