How to Transfer Canon C700 4K MXF files to FCE/iMovie?

“I’m trying to import some C700 4K MXF files into FCE or iMovie, but the program can’t recognize the 4K files. I would be pleased to learn some experience of editing 4K video in FCE or iMovie. Searching online, I found many guys are suffering the issues like program crashed, black viewer screen, no audio track when importing 4K MXF to Final Cut Express or iMovie …”

Put Canon’s mastery of image processing into a cinema-grade production-ready form factor and you get the EOS C700 Cinema Camera. This version of the C700 comes stocked with Canon’s EF lens mount with a positive-locking mechanism, minimizing play found in traditional spring-loaded bayonet-style mounts. Beyond the lens mount is the first stop in the C700′s imaging pipeline, the 4.5K CMOS image sensor. With a physical resolution exceeding that of DCI 4K and a dynamic range of approximately 15 stops, the C700 is ready for today’s 4K and HDR productions. The C700 is capable of 4K recording at 60p to CFast 2.0 cards using the XF-AVC format.

Okay, to make Canon EOS C700 MXF footage work with FCP, iMovie, FCE, and Avid, you will need to download Plugins from Canon site. For instance, XF Plugin is required for editing C700 MXF with Final Cut Pro, and the AMA plug in is required for importing C700 MXF to Avid Media Composer. But what to do if the plug in doesn’t work as expected?

So , in this article , for those who need to edit Canon C700 4K files in iMovie/FCE, we would suggest them to encode EOS C700 4K MXF footage to AIC .mov before editing in iMovie/FCE.

After testing a lot of converters online, I chose UFUWare MXF Converter for Mac. The program can easily convert Canon C700 footage to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) encoded MOV files which seamlessly compatible with Final Cut Express or iMovie. Besides, FCE/iMovie codec, it also offers other optimized codecs for NLEs including ProResc for FCP X/7/6, MPEG-2 for Premiere, DNxHD for Avid and more. Now, download the software on computer and follow the guide below to start conversion.

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How to Change Canon C700 4K XF-AVC/H.264 MXF videos to iMovie/FCE on Mac?

1. Add original Canon C700 video files

Go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video/Audio” button to import original Canon C700 4K MXF videos. Or drag files to the program directly.

Canon EOS C700 Video Converter

2. Select output format

You can choose iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output format is designed for iMovie 11/09/08 and Final Cut Express specially.

transcode MXF to AIC MOV

3. (Optional) Adjust Parameters

Access to settings page by clicking “Settings” button to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc to get a prefect output video.

4. Start Canon C700 4K MXF to iMovie/FCE conversion

Click the “Convert” button to start the Canon C700 XF-AVC/H.264 MXF videos to AIC .mov conversion.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then import the new file into iMovie and FCE with smooth editing without any trouble.

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