Summary: Here is the quick tutorial for you that will show you the simplicity of importing Panasonic P2 MXF into Avid Media Composer 7/6.5/6/5.5 flawlessly. Follow it now.
“Can anyone tell me how to import P2 footage (from a folder on a drive) into Media Composer 6? I have the entire folder/file structure intact from the card, just can't seem to find an option to import it! I googled this first & looked in the help file but couldn't see anything.”
With every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. If you got a Panasonic P2 camcorder like AG-HPX500, you may want to edit P2 MXF files in Avid Media Composer, though latest Avid MC added many new features, but it can't support P2 MXF footages well, you will encounter importing and editing problems. These problems may occur in Panasonic AJ-HPX3000/ AG-HPX300/ AJ-HPX2000/ AJ-HPX3700/ AJ-HPM200/ AJ-HPX2700/ AJ-HPM100/ AG-HVX200 and other models.
In order to edit your Panasonic (DVCPRO, AVC-Intra) P2 MXF footage in Avid Media Composer smoothly, you should transcode MXF format to DNxHD format, which is best supported by Media Composer.
Overall, Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the best choice to get the work done. I have used this tool for a long time, and I also rewrap Canon(C300) MXF files to Premiere 5.5. In fact, this software can deal with almost all kinds of MXF videos. With it, I can effortlessly transcode the P2 MXF videos for smoothly editing in Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7. For Windows users, turn to MXF Converter. Just take a look at the brief guide below.
Transcode Panasonic P2 MXF videos to Avid MC for smoothly editing
Step 1: Transfer P2 .mxf files to Hard drive
Connect your Panasonic Camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the P2 .mxf files to Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2: Add MXF files to this top P2 MXF to NDxHD Converter
Launch Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, and click the "Add Files" button to load .mxf videos for converting.
Step 3: Choose DNxHD .mov for Avid Media Composer
Click on the “Format” bar and choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as the target format.
PS: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
Step 4: Transcode Panasonic P2 MXF to Avid Media Composer
As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Panasonic P2 MXF conversion on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to Avid Media Composer with smooth workflow.
Additional Tips: You can learn more Panasonic P2 MXF files importing and editing tips on Mac and Windows from Brorsoft MXF Colum.
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