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Besides the ability of capturing 2K footage at a 2048 × 1080 (or 1920 × 1080) resolution, the Canon C500 also includes two options for recording 4K. There's the DCI production standard that records at a 4096 × 2160 resolution with a 1.896:1 aspect ratio, or there's the TV-centric Quad Full HD production standard that records at a 3840 × 2160 resolution and a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. With every camcorder, comes many new questions about workflow. The term "workflow" can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at importing Canon C500 4K MXF footage into Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 to make smooth editing.
Although Canon offers XF Utility software to manage and play back your clips and XF Plugin to help you natively import Canon C500 2K/4K MXF footage to FCP X, there are many cons for this, doesn't work well wtih 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920×1080, (60i/30p/24p); with a lot of steps; may cause errors due to incompatible codecs; spends a lot time; occupies a large amount of RAM, etc. Overall, I have to tell you the importing way is a tedious process, which needs your patience.
Fortunately, there is an alternative easy way to fix the issue. Since FCP X is designed to work best in ProRes, the easy wokraround is to use 3rd-party software to convert Canon C500 2K/4K MXF to ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro X.
To get the work done, the best program I can recommend is UFUWare Video Converter for Mac, which can convert C500 MXF files to ProRes 422 ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X. 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. If you're editing Canon XF Camera or Panasonic P2 or Sony XDCAM MXF clips with Final Cut Pro X, chances are you already installed this great free utility.
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Convert Canon C500 2K/4K MXF to ProRes MOV for FCP X/7/6
Step 1. Install and launch the Canon C500 to FCP Converter</strong>, click "Add File" button to import the Canon C500 2K/4K MXF files into the converter for converting.
Step 2. Click on the "Profile" bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format, it's native format for editing in FCP X.
Tip: You can also select "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)" or "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)" as target format.
Tip: Customization feature is supported by this Canon C500 to FCP Converter, after you selected the output format, you can click "Settings" button to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, frame rate, codec, etc. if you don't need to adjust, you can skip this step.
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to convert Canon C500 2K/4K MXF to ProRes MOV for editing in FCP X on Mac with best quality.
After all Canon C500 2K/4K MXF footages are converted to FCP ProRes codec, you can get the converted videos and then import them into Final Cut Pro X/7/6 for editing without any importing or editing issues.
UFUWare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac offers one-stop solution for any media downloading and converting tasks. You can convert any DVD to MP4, DVD to FLV, DVD to MKV, DVD to MOV, DVD to AVI, DVD to WMV and more, convert any 4K Ultra videos (4K H.265/HEVC Video(*.mp4) /4K H.264 FLV Video (*.flv)) to 4K /1080p HD video and other your needed format like MTS, TS, MP4, AVI, MOV, M4V, WMV, MKV, FLV and more. It has the ability to download online videos like YouTube videos/music and more.
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