With every new Camera, comes many new questions about workflow. The term ‘workflow’ can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at ingesting C300 footage into various non-linear editing systems. Due to format compatibility issues, Canon C300 owners are always having troubles importing C300 MXF footage to Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere for native editing. Yes Canon offers plug-ins e.g. XF utility to help users import camera video clips, but only with very limited success. To make things much easier, below is great tutorial for you, guaranteed to edit C300 MXF files with Avid & Premiere smoothly.
To achieve your goal flawlessly, the best method is to transcode Canon MXF files to Avid/Premiere native editable format along with some help from a third-party tool. After that you can open C300 footage in your video editor for further editing. Keep reading for a brief how-to below.
I’ve already covered how to import C300 MXF files into Final Cut Pro; however, working with C300 MXF footage in Avid or Premiere requires another step to get the footage and Avid/Premiere to play nicely.
Re-wrapping (Converting) C300 MXF files for editing in Avid & Premiere
The quick tutorial is using an easy-to-use yet professional app called Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac which can encode Canon C300 MXF files for popular NLEs.
1. Download and run the MXF Converter on your Mac, and then import C300 MXF files to the software. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.
Note: Before conversion, you’ll need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add” button to browse to import MXF videos.
2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov) for Avid Media Composer. For Adobe Premiere, just choose Adobe Premiere -> WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv). You can click “Settings” button next to “format” bar to adjust video and audio settings to optimize output file quality .
3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Canon mxf files for Avid or Premiere. After the conversion, you can import encoded C300 MXF footage to Avid or Premiere for smoothly editing.
If you’re using Canon XF Series Camcorders, Canon Cinema EOS Cameras, Canon EOS DSLR Cameras, Canon PowerShot Cameras, and Canon VIXIA Cameras, and wanna edit, play or burn these files as well, you can read through Pavtube’s Canon Column page and find out the most suitable solution to your problem.
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