"The camera I am using is a Panasonic AJ-HPX3100. The output file is packaged in MXF. I’m wondering whether there’s a detailed step by step instruction on how to import these files so that they can be read by the Avid Media Composer?"
The Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 is an HD camcorder which features three 2/3-inch high-density 2.2 million pixel CCDs. It can acquire full-raster 1920x1080 resolution imaging with a 4:2:2 10-bit sampling using the AVC-Intra. It can record HD in AVC-Intra and DVCPRO HD at 1080 in 24p, 25p, 30p, 50i and 60i; and 480i/586i SD in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. This slim-line 2/3” camera comes with several features including 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra, wireless metadata input and high-quality proxy recording. It can record on high data transfer speed E-Series P2 cards.
P2 recorded files are really excellent among the high-end cameras; however the problems comes when you want to play Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF footages on Mac or edit Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF in traditional nonlinear editing programs such as Avid Media Composer, FCP, FCP X, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro and so on. FCP X may support some Panasonic camcorders but Avid Media Composer not. In this case, you will need to get a easy-to-use Mac Panasonic MXF Converter to help Avid work with P2 MXF footages.
I found a powerful and professional MXF to Avid Converter for Mac which is able to convert Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 AVC-Intra and DVCPRO HD P2 MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV in a few clicks. You can follow this link to order a licensedirectly, or free download a trial version.
Note: Click here to Pavtube Panasonic MXF Converter windows version if you are running Windows OS.
Now get this Panasonic P2 MXF to Avid Converter installed, and follow this guide to get your MXF footage work with Avid Media Composer smoothly.
How to convert Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 P2 MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV for editing in Avid Media Composer 6.5/6/5 on Mac
Step 1. Connect your Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 Camcorder to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MXF files to Apple hard drive disk; do not forget to keep your camcorder on.
Step 2. Load MXF clips to Pavtube Mac MXF to Avid Converter.
After download, Run this Panasonic MXF to Avid Converter for Mac, click the “Add Files” button to load individuals mxf videos; or click “Add from folder” to load the entire folder.
Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format.
Click the “Profile” option, you will find various video formats sorted by different programs/devices. For Avid Media Composer, it should be Avid Media Composer >Avid DNxHD (*.mov).
With the “merge into one file” box above “Open”, you can lossless merge your Panasonic MXF footages in a few clicks.
Step 4. Click the “Converter” button, start converting Panasonic HPX3100 MXF to Avid DNxHD MOV and wait for a while to get the fresh hot converted video. Click Browse to locate them directly.
Refer to here to learn how to import converted footage to Avid Media Composer.
1. Refer to here to get more step-by-step guide of how to work with Panasonic footages and MXF videos on mac.
2. This Mac MXF Converter could also convert mxf footages to various format for Final Cut Pro, iMovie/FCE, Adobe Premiere.
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