The Canon XF205 HD Camcorder is a compact, ergonomically friendly camera that is suitable for traditional multi-camera productions as well as ENG/event style coverage, independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84″ CMOS sensor that captures 1920 x 1080 video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD Optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights in a more natural manner. Individual gear rings for focus, zoom, and iris on the lens itself provide you a natural way to make manual adjustments. The camera records MPEG-2 at frame rates of 23.98/29.97p and 59.94i at up to 50Mbps, with 4:2:2 color sampling, to integrated CF card slots using an MXF wrapper. 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 XF205 MXF videos. How to import Canon XF205 MXF to Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac?
While looking for solutions to import Canon XF205 MXF to Avid Media Composer on Mac, I downloaded and tried several converters. Only UFUSoft 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 XF205 MXF files on Mac, here is the fast guide to merge and convert Canon XF205 MXF to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer.
Step 1. Import Canon XF205 MXF files to UFUSoft 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 XF205 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 XF205 MXF files into one. (optional)
Tick the checkbox for “Merge into one file”, and the Mac Canon XF205 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 XF205 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 XF205 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 XF205 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 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.