Convert multiple XDCAM Files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP

Summary: This article provides an easy and step-by-step workflow to convert Sony XDCAM MXF to Apple ProRes with multiple audio tracks for FCP 6/7/X editing.

Q: “Hi, I got some XACAM HD 422 MXF files from my Sony PMW EX3 and PDW 350 and FS7 and want to edit some in FCP 7. But it seems to be hard to keep all my audio channels saved separately during conversion. Is there any simple work flow for this?”

For many photography enthusiasts, shooting videos with full Omni bearing audios is very important in further editing or playback. And many people used to do audio track based editing in FCP 7, hence here comes the problem: how to keep multiple audio tracks saved when converting Sony XDCAM MXF to Apple ProRes for FCP?

Required program: Best Mac multi-track MXF Converter - Pavtube iMixMXF 

Key Feature of Pavtube iMixMXF

  • Turn MXF videos into virtually any formats for multiple purpose
  • Mix multiple audio tracks/channels MXF into one
  • Transcode MXF to Mac editing programs for free and professional editing
  • Convert MXF to multi-track MKV/MP4/MOV
  • Output multi-track Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro (X)
  • Edit MXF videos with the built-in video editor

Step 1. Get this Mac multi-track XDCAM MXF Converter installed, click “Add video” to load individual mxf videos; or click “Add from folder” to load the entire folder. It will recognize all the audio channels. 

Step 2. Click “Format” and choose Multi-track Video>Multi-track Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) 

Step 3. Click “Settings” to customize your video size, bitrate, frame rate and other specs; and check video channels that you want to convert. 

Follow the bottom left icon to let the selected audio tracks “mix into one channel”; or that it will keep all the audio tracks apart. 

For non-multi-track converting, it’s also supported to add .srt/.ass soft subtitles as you like; click Edit and switch to “Subtitles” tab, and click Browse to locate your prepared subtitles. 

Step 4. Click “Convert” to start converting Sony XDCAM MXF to Apple ProRes keeping multi audio channels for FCP 6/7/X. 

For users don’t need to deal with multi-track thing, just simple want to convert MXF to other formats, the MXF Converter for Mac (only $29) is highly recommended.

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