MXF is abbreviation for Material eXchange Format, it is a “container” or “wrapper” for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. It has full timecode and metadata support, and is intended as a platform-agnostic stable standard for future professional video and audio applications. MXF files are mainly from professional High Definition camcorders/cameras like Panasonic P2 camcorders AG-AC130EJ, AJ-HPX370, Canon XF series camcorder XF300, XF305, and Sony EX camera , etc. However, MXF files is not compatible well on Mac OS. Below are some mac users question:
Q1: How can I play XDCAM .mxf files on Mac ?
XDCAM Browser 1.0 does not see the .mxf proxy files saved to thumb drive while recording.
Q2: How to play MXF videos in QuickTime?
I just got my first Mac, it’s great. However, I would like to play a MXF video in QuickTime, it says it doesn’t
support it. What do I have to do?
Q3: How do I convert from .MXF to a format that will allow Mac OS Mountain Lion to run the movie?
I am using a Canon camera to record rugby games. The camera is stopped regularly and the memory card
has 130 files on it. All of my previous stuff was saved on a desktop and all of my movies and videos are saved
as MXF. I use a free program to convert MXF to MPEG-4 format. The 1st file goes well but then appears to
stop converting. Is the files too large to handle? Is there an easy way?
Don’t worry! Here I will share you with 3 different easy methods to settle the problems with MXF playing on Mac. Just check and find a suitable option yourself.
Method 1. Play .MXF files on VLC player
VLC player is a powerful media player for viewing movies or videos on Mac and Windows . It encoder and streamer, which is compatible with many audio, video, container and subtitles formats such as DVDs, VCD, SVCD, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, Matroska, AIFF, MXF, VOB, DV, H.264, MPEG, AAC, AMR, etc. Most MXF files can be supported by VLC.
Method 2. Play MXF on MXF4 mac player
MXF4mac Player is a standardized Digital Video Workflow for the Mac for playing QuickTime movie, MXF and GXF files. The free application supports XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000, DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more. It can open most MXF variations, just open or drag your MXF files into MXF4mac player to watch it.
Method 3. Use alternative MXF to Mac Converter for playing MXF on Mac
MXF contains various codec, and there are still some can’t be played by the players above. If the two methods doesn’t work, you can do something like converting MXF to common format friendly with Mac OS. As Quicktime, a widely used video player for Mac users, supports video formats like MOV, MP4, etc , converting MXF to MP4 or transcode MXF to MOV is the first step.
Then, you need to choose a best MXF Converter for playing MXF on Mac. If you don’t know how to choose, I suggest you MXF to Mac Converter from Pavtube here, which works successfully in MXF to MP4 conversion even you have a bunch of large MXF files. I have tried it to encode MXF to MP4, it turns out playing Canon, Sony, Panasonic MXF on Mac smoothly and at original quality. It’s the best software application for Mac users. What’s more, this converter also supports many of other video formats like MOV,MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, etc on Mac.
Step 1: Add mxf video files
Run MXF Converter for Mac on your Mac computer. Transfer the individual .mxf file or MXF file structure (P2 MXF, XDCAM MXF, Canon XF) to HDD first, and then click add to import the MXF files to the converter.
Step 2: Choose H.264 MP4 as output format.
In “Format” drop down list box, you may select best video format for plaing on Mac. To convert MXF to MP4 format, if you want to get common MP4 files for playback, you can choose Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4); if you want to get HD MP4 files to use, you can choose HD Video -> H.264 HD Video (*.mp4).
a. You can click “settings” to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution and bitrate.
b. Edit function is very easy to use, you can trim, crop, add watermark or adjust effect before converting MXF files to QuickTime MOV.
Step 3: Start Convert
Click “Convert” in the main interface to start transcoding MXF to Mac H.264 MP4. After a successful conversion, click “Open” to check the QuickTime MOV files.
If you have any other methods, or if you like a certain way better, to watch MXF on your Mac, let me know!
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