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How to import Sony PMW-200 MXF Clip into Avid Media Composer

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:10 am    Post subject: How to import Sony PMW-200 MXF Clip into Avid Media Composer Reply with quote

Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import MXF footage captured by Sony PMW-200 XDCAM Camera to DNxHD format for editing use in Avid Media Composer on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion included).

The PMW-200 is the sucessor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder which supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. It is a good companion to the PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 shoulder mount camera. With its three 1/2-inch Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor (1920x1280), the PMW-200 is able to achieve high resolution (1000 TVl), high sensitivity (F11@2000 lx), low noise (56 dB), and wide dynamic range. The PMW-200 can be used for both SD and HD applications. It can be set to record 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 as MXF files.

However, when you want to edit the MXF files Sony PMW-200 record. you may find the high quality MXF files are not recognized by Avid Media Composer. Because the Avid Media Composer not support edit the high quality MXF files. If you have tried it, you will find that there is indeed a lot of problems. So if you intend to import and edit MXF footage with Avid MC, you’d better convert MXF to DNxHD codec for Avid MC.

To convert and import Sony XDCAM HD422 MXF to Avid, you just need MXF to Avid MC 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 Premirere Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. This little program features intuitive and straightforward interface, and comes with optimal preset for Avid Media Composer. You load your source MXF clips into it, select DNxHD MOV as target format, and click ‘Convert’ button to start, it will take care of the rest for you.

Free download MXF to Avid MC Converter for Mac.

Tips: if you need a Windows Version, please download MXF to Avid MC Converter.

The easiest way about how to edit Sony PMW-200 MXF footage into Avid on Mac

Step 1. Download and install the MXF to Avid MC Converter, In the main interface, you can click ‘Add Video’ button to load your source MXF files from your PMW-200 or from a folder stored on your HDD that contains your source media.

Step 2. Click “Format” bar to and select "Avid DNxHD (*.mov)" as output format from "Avid Media Composer".

Step 3. You can tick off "Merge into one file" to join selected mxf clips, or you can click "Settings" button to adjust video and audio settings like video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, audio bit rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 4. when all things are finished, please click "Convert" button to start the Sony PMW-200 MXF conversion on Mac OS X. As soon as the conversion finished, you can click "Open" button to find the generated Avid MOV files with ease.

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