Along with the XF300, the Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder represents Canon’s entry into professional solid state video acquisition. Following on the heels of its widely respected XH line of tape-based camcorders, the XF305 takes advantage of the latest HD technology–along with Canon’s newly developed MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec–to record Full HD video to widely available Compact Flash cards.Everything you could want in a handheld, professional camcorder is here in one sleek, affordable package: three 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensors, multiple bit rates (up to 50Mbps), variable resolution and frame rates, industry-standard MXF file wrappers, a newly developed L-Series 18x zoom lens, and full image customization. And if you are using Avid Media Composer to perform further editing, you will find Avid Media Composer does not work well with the Canon XF305 1080/60i or 720/60p MXF videos. How to import Canon XF305 1080/60i or 720/60p MXF to Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac?
While looking for solutions to import Canon XF305 MXF to Avid Media Composer on Mac, I downloaded and tried several converters. Only Canon MXF Video Converter for Mac works for me. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple mxf videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion.
For guys who may find it difficult to import and edit Canon XF305 MXF files on Mac, here is the fast guide to merge and convert Canon XF305 MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer.
Step 1. Import Canon XF305 MXF files to Canon MXF Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Canon MXF camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable, run Canon MXF Video Converter for Mac from UFUSoft as the best Canon MXF to Avid converter on Mac. click the “Add” button to load .mxf videos. This Canon MXF Video Convetrer can convert Canon XF305 mxf export lossless compression video/audio compatible with Avid Media Composer on Mac.
Step 2. Choose Avid Media Composer – Avid DNxHD (*.MOV) output format.
Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD 1080p or 720p (*.mov) or as output format. The Mac MXF to Avid Converter will convert MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV with high quality. (Tip: The Avid DNxHD *.mov formats under Quicktime Movie Format output profile are available when your Avid is installed on Mac). You also can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov).
Step 3. Merge Canon XF305 MXF files into one. (optional)
Tick the checkbox for “Merge into one file”, and the Mac Canon XF305 MXF Video Converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output for Avid Media Composer.
Step 4. Edit and trim Canon XF305 MXF videos. (optional)
Select the file you want to trim and click the “Edit” button, you will face the Edit window with original video and output video preview. You can enter exact time point as the set in and set out for trimming.
Step 5. Convert Canon XF305 MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer on Mac.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Canon MXF video converter will start the conversion from Canon XF305 MXF to DNxHD MOV or MP4 for Avid Media Composer on Mac.
For some Mac users, when editing the MXF videos via the Editor windows of Canon MXF Converter for Mac, the video and sound may go output sync sometimes, making it somewhat difficult to find the trim location. But the output videos would play without sync problem after conversion. You also can choose Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 6,7 and FCP X. Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) compatible with Final Cut Express, iMovie, FCE 4, Quicktime Player to import the HD videos on Mac without compatibility issue. And Upload to Youtube or Burn to DVD for sharing.