Importing Panasonic PX270 AVC-LongG footage to FCP X/7/6

Summary: Wanna transfer Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 footage to FCP for editing? Follow this guide, you will know how to edit Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 MXF videos in FCP X/7/6 with friendly codec Apple ProRes easily.

I recently got an AJ-PX270 and love so many features of this camera. Whereas, when I opened FCP X on Mac, the AVC-LongG footage from my Panasonic AJ-PX270 cannot be recognized. I had searched the method and tried the MXFImporter.component, but still failed. An alternative way I found to get Panasonic AJ-PX270 footage into FCP flawlessly is to convert the MXF to ProRes. I’ve tried the workaround. Yes, it works. Now I’m going to share the details for importing Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro. If you are stuck in the issues, just read on.

Technically, Final Cut Pro X has added the support for Panasonic P2. But AVC-LongG MXF from Panasonic AJ-PX270 is not compatible with FCP. Since, Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for FCP, so if we want to edit Panasonic PX270 MXF on Final Cut Pro X/7/6, it is necessary to convert those MXF files to ProRes .mov using third-party software. I recommended you to try Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, which is a professional tool for Mac users to transcode MXF to FCP with the best quality.

This software can deal with P2 MXF files perfectly. It helps you to transcode P2 MXF files to Apple ProRes, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy), etc to meet your needs. The key feature is that it offers you lossless Mac conversion from P2 MXF to ProRes. For 1080i videos, it can deinterlace the files for you. Here is the brief instruction for you to get Final Cut Pro work with Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG.

How to import Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 .MXF into Final Cut Pro

Note: Before start conversion, you’d better copy the whole card into a folder on Mac after the P2 card is mounted on Mac. Make sure the CONTENTS folder and the LAST CLIP.txt are copied. Well, if for whatever reason your P2 card structure doesn’t come across intact, you can learn some tips how to fix corrupted MXF files to get your work done.

Step 1: Free download the Panasonic MXF to FCP Converter for Mac, load your P2 MXF files into the program.

Step 2: Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format, which should work with FCP perfectly.

Step 3:(optional) Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Panasonic AJ-PX270 footages in FCP with best quality.

Step 4: Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the MXF to FCP ProRes conversion on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the converted files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem.

P.S. If you want to edit Panasonic P2 MXF media in iMovie or FCE 4, you just need to choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step. For Avid MC, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)"; For Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format.

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