Convert Sony PMW-300 XDCAM media to FCP/Premiere Pro/Avid MC

Summary: The following article mainly talk about the way to transfer XDCAM MXF files from Sony PMW-300 to FCP/Adobe Premiere Pro/Avid MC, if you have the same application need, keep reading...

Like the PMW-200, Sony PMW-300 is an evolution of the EX1R/EX3 cameras with many similarities but with that all important 50Mb/s 422 broadcast XDCAM codec offering 50Mb/s 422, 35Mb/s 420 as well as both IMX and DVCAM in standard definition. So a great range of codec choices out of the box. In this year, you’ll be able to add the new XAVC codec as an option. Well, in this page, I will talk about the Sony PMW-300 to FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid MC workflow.

So, how to successfully import Sony PMW-300 XDCAM MXF recording to FCP/Premiere Pro/Avid MC? By searching, we can find many users want to know the solid answer. For example: “Hi, I am using a FCP 7 Studio. I recently bought a Sony PMW 300K1 camcorder. The MXF files coming out of this camera are not recognized by FCP 7. Is there a way to fix the issue?”

Well, sometimes we have the demand to edit the raw Sony XDCAM MXF files in FCP/Avid/Adobe Premiere Pro, etc to get a good visual effect. However, when I tried to edit the videos Sony PMW-300 record, I found the high quality MXF files are not recognized by most editing software even Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. To get Sony PMW-300 footage editable in FCP/Adobe PP/Avid, we need to convert these files first. So, is there software can do the job?

The answer is positive. To convert and import Sony PMW-300 XDCAM to iMovie/FCP/FCE/Avid, etc, you just need Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to help you. It is the solid tool to help users make the MXF transcoding on Mac OS X. It offers the optimal preset profiles for Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. P.S. When you updated your PMW-300 with XAVC option, this video app can also enables you to transcode XAVC to FCP, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro compatible format.

How to convert Sony PMW-300 XDCAM MXF footage into Avid, Premiere, FCP

STEP 1: You need to download, install and run the smart Sony XDCAM Converter Mac and transfer your MXF recordings to the program from the Sony PMW-300 camcorder. Join MXF clips via checking the “Merge into one” box.

STEP 2: Click on the “Format”bar and choose a best editable format.

a. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro.

b. To edit Sony PMW-300 MXF footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

c. For importing Sony PMW-300 media to Premiere Pro, please select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg).

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

STEP 3: As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Sony PMW-300 XDCAM MXF conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted Sony PMW-300 footage to FCP/Avid/Premiere Pro.

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