How to work with/edit Sony PMW-200 1080P XDCAM MXF file on Mac? (El Capitan)

If you intend to import and edit Sony PMW-200 1080p video on Mac NLE apps smoothly, you’d better convert Sony PMW-200 MXF/MP4 files to FCP X and iMovie editable file formats previously.

The PMW-200 is format selectable among MPEG HD422 (50Mbps), HD420 (24, 35Mbps) and DV. The PMW-200 can be used as a handheld camcorder for various types of file-based operation because it employs both industry-standard file formats: The XDCAM MXF file format (UDF formatted cards) and XDCAM EX MP4 file format (FAT formatted cards).

Well, can FCP X and iMovie ingest 1080p videos from Sony PMW-200? The result may let you down- FCPX/iMovie won’t open and import Sony PMW-200 footage correctly. What caused the issues? Based on our testing, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. To edit Sony PMW-200 MXF in FCP X and iMovie smoothly, a workaround is to transcode Sony PMW-200 footages to a more editable format with proper settings under Mac OS X.

With a professional MXF converter – HD Video Converter for Mac, you can get the work done easily. This software is able to convert MXF files from Sony PMW-200 to FCP X and iMovie fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. It can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, and Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie for native editing. Download the software and follow the guide to finish the conversion task.

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Below is the simple guide about how to convert Sony PMW-200 50Mbps 1080p MPEG HD422 XDCAM MXF footage into Avid, Premiere, iMovie, FCP

STEP 1: You need to download, install and run the smart Sony XDCAM MXF Converter Mac and transfer your MXF recordings to the program from the Sony PMW-200 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-200 MXF footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

c. For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

d. For importing Sony PMW-200 50Mbps MXF to Premiere Pro, please select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg).

PS: 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-200 50Mbps MXF conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to FCP/Avid/Premiere/iMovie.

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