Canon has produced many professional camcorders, such as XF series, include XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100, etc. these professional camcorders can help us record vivid images. Recently, a new Camera named Canon C300 came to us. You may have used Canon C300 and XF series camcorders to record many high-definition footages which are in MXF video format, this video format is good for record videos, but it’s not compatible with many editing software, such as iMovie on Mac. You may have the need to import C300 MXF footage to iMovie for editing, but the iMovie doesn’t support MXF files directly.
In order to edit C300 MXF files in iMovie flawlessly, you’ll need to add an intermediate step. As far as I know, the best best method to solve these problems is to convert C300 MXF to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) which is a best editing codec for iMovie. You can follow the steps below to transcode C300 MXF to iMovie for editing. Along with some help from the 3rd-party software.
The Mac MXF Converter is a professional MXF to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C300, XF100, XF105, XF300 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple InterMediate Codec, Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The Mac MXF to iMovie Converter can convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.
Guide – Encode Canon C300 MXF to AIC for iMovie editing
Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Canon C300 MXF to iMovie 8/9/11 on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Maverick/Mountain Lion/Lion/Snow Leopard.
Step 1. Import MXF files to the top aPubsoft Canon C300 MXF Converter for Mac.
(Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add” button to browse to import MXF videos)
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)”, it’s the best format for editing in iMovie.
Step 3. Merge Canon C300 MXF files. (optional)
Select all the files and then click “Merge”, and the Canon C300 MXF converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.
Step 4. Convert Canon C300 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Canon MXF converter starts converting Canon C300 MXF videos to aic.mov, and joining the MXF files for editing in iMovie.
After converting and merging the MXF files, just import the output files to iMovie and the video is in HD 1920×1080. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.
Some more helpful features of the app:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Edit – click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.