C300 & After Effects CS6 – Import MXF clips form C300 to After Effects

Summary: Facing the problem importing Canon C300 MXF files into After Effects CS6? You can fix the issues via transcoding MXF video to Adobe After Effects compatible format first.

Canon EOS C300 is a popular professional HD camcorder. It adopts the industry-standard MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:2 Codec (Canon XF Codec, MXF), unleashing the power of Super 35mm CMOS sensor and HD video lens. You may have bought one and need to edit Canon C300 MXF in After Effects CS6. So, come with a question- can After Effects CS6 import & edit MXF files from the Canon C300 camcorder?

A bit frustrating. The C300 MXF footages are not well supported by After Effects CS6(even the latest CC), as you may encounter many audio and video problems. A typical one is quoted as below:

Q: Problem with C300 to After effects "Not sure if we are in a pickle here, but we are working on a project were we linked the Canon C300 mxf files for native editing and now when we try to send it to after effects via aaf and pro import we aren’t capable or reading the files. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated."

As far as I know that Adobe After effects can render to the part of MXF format, but it can’t handle all raw MXF files. So, how to import Canon C300 MXF to After Effects CS6 for editing smoothly? The best way is to convert Canon C300 footage to After Effects CS6 compatible format, like MOV (AVC) or MPEG-2.

Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac (a professional Mac MXF to After Effects Converter tool) is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, , iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. For Windows user, get Brorsoft MXF Converter.

Transcoding Canon C300 MXF video to Adobe After Effects:

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this Mac MXF Converter, just copy the MXF files from the CF cards right to your hard drive, import the files to the software.

Step 2. Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG format.

Step 3. You can click "Settings" button to adjust the parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc.

Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Canon C300 .mxf to .mpg for importing to After Effects CS6 on Mac.

After the conversion is finished, just run Adobe After Effects CS6 and import the generated .mpg files. You will find the output video work perfectly on After Effects CS6 as well as for After Effects CC, CS5, CS4.

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