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Transcode Canon XF200/XF205 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

I have Canon XF200/XF205 camcorder and shoot the videos recently, the Canon XF200/XF205 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution with Canon XF codec, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. I would like to edit the recorded .mxf video on iMac with iMovie 11, which is the free and useful part of the Apple Mac iLife.

While looking for solutions to import Canon XF200/XF205 MXF to iMovie 11 on iMac, I downloaded and tried several converters. 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 XF200/XF205 MXF files on Mac, here is the fast guide to merge and convert Canon XF200/XF205 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11.

Step 1. Import Canon XF200/XF205 MXF files to UFUSoft MXF Video Converter for Mac.

Connect Canon MXF camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable, run UFUSoft MXF Video Converter for Mac as the best Canon MXF to MOV converter on Mac. click the “Add” button to load .mxf videos. This Canon MXF Video Convetrer can convert Canon XF200/XF205 mxf export lossless compression video/audio compatible with iMovie 6/8/9/11 on Mac.

Step 2. Choose MOV with Apple Intermediate Code AIC output format.

Click the “Profile” option and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) as output format with high quality for iMovie 6/8/9/11. To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) as output video codec. You also can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov).

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Step 3. Merge Canon XF200/XF205 MXF files into one. (optional)

Select the files in the filelist and click Merge, and the Mac Canon XF200/XF205 MXF Video Converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Edit and trim Canon XF200/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 XF200/XF205 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac.

Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Canon MXF video converter will start the conversion from Canon XF200/XF205 MXF to AIC MOV or MP4 for iMovie 8/9/11 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.

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About MXF

MXF is a "container" or "wrapper" format which supports a number of different streams of coded "essence", encoded with any of a variety of codecs, together with a metadata wrapper which describes the material contained within the MXF file. MXF has been designed to address a number of problems with non-professional formats. MXF file format is not compatible with many programs. So you may have problem to play, edit or use these MXF format came from Panasonic HVX200/HPX300, Canon XF100/XF100/XF300/XF305/C300/C500, Sony EX camera, and all you need is an great tool named UFUSoft MXF Converter and UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac.