I'm using a canon XF100 and premiere pro CS5 on a Mac Pro.
I would like to know the best workflow so I can get footage from the camera, into premiere so I can start editing.
My attempts so far:
1. Importing the MXF file directly into premiere
Result: When dropping the clip onto the timeline, only the audio appears
2. Using XCam Transfer to import the footage and convert to .mov
Result: The audio and video appear on the time line, but the audio is shorter than the video and skips and jumps
Your advice and patience is greatly appreciated.
There has been reportet audioproblems reg. MXF-files here:
Apparently Adome is working on a fix.
If you copy the content of your memory card onto your harddrive before you import it, be sure to copy everythning in the same folder structure, to ensure correct import.
Have you tried the media browser inside Premiere or just the import command?
There are two ways I have been successful:
I prefer method 2 even though it takes a little longer to create. I can name the file to whatever I want. Keeping all the spanned clips straight with the default camera naming scheme is difficult sometimes.
Regardless of the above methods, once I have the video arranged on the timeline, I'll render and replace the audio. It's another added step, but it guarantees the audio won't disappear.
We run with multiple XF100 cameras ona regular basis (on both Mac Pro and Windows). Here is what I do.
1) Copy the ENTIRE card to a folder of its own. We tend to name them XF1, XF2, XF3 but you can call them what you want.
2) In the Premiere Pro media browser navigate to where these folders are and choose one of the folders. The thumbnails should appear in the media browser and you simply select them and drag them to the project window.
Job done. Premiere Pro will correctly join all the clips where required, so you only have as many clips as the number of times you hit record.
Now drag them to the sequence and go.
It's a while since I used CS5 (we're now on CS6 via CS5.5) but I don't recall having any problems. Make sure you updated to the latest version of CS5 though because I do recall an early bug where MXF files caused Pr to eat up lots of memory.
In order to import MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS4, you can convert MXF to MPEG-2 HD or MP4 HD to import to MXF Premiere Pro CS5/CS4 for edit. Here is a step-by-step guide:
I am on W7 64, have both an xf305 and 105 and no problems importing mxf into Pr 6. I believe you may need to upgrade to 5.5 to solve the problem, as the 300 came out about the time of 5.0. They worked on 5.5 with no problems for me.
Once there, You can use the backup function in the utility or Export to MxF which allows you to rename the files in batch mode and export w/othe file structur. Much more useful!
I think, it seems to me that the Mac platform is having more problems than Windows, but it's only a guess.
You need to convert MXF to H.264 codec MOV format for using MXF files in Adobe Premiere, you can try freeware Handbrake, I have tested converting a short .mxf file to a .mov file using HandBreak. It works well on quicktime and iMovie. Handbrake also supports to convert video all nearly all the formats. I think it may be your best selection for video converting.
You need to convert MXF to H.264 codec MOV format for using MXF files in Adobe Premiere
That is simply not true.
For starters, MXF is nothing more than a container. Like MOV or AVI, it can hold quite a few video and audio types. Unlike MOV (but like AVI), it is strictly a container format, and is not subject to being a 32 or 64 bit process, bugs, it doesn't need be installed or updated, or other irregularities. Of the three, MOV is the worst choice for a container. MXF is the best, and AVI second best.
Having said that, what determines whether or not a particular MXF file will work in a specific version of PP is whether or not support for that video format is included in that version of PP.
If you find that your version of PP doesn't handle that video, then conversion may well be in order, but another MXF, an AVI, or even an MP4 if using H.264, is a better option than MOV.
Premiere handles Canon mxf files just fine.
Copy CONTENTS from the card into a folder of its own and call it e.g. card 1
In the Media Browser navigate to card 1 and voila the clips appear.
If you do not want all the metadate and single files (as each clip is in its own folder)
use the XF Utitilty and export to MXF.
This thread started in 2012, by someone running CS5. I'm surprised that nission even bothered to answer the question given that the OP hasn't been back to get any more info. . I have no idea if CS5 had a problem with MXF files or not,if that's what Nission was saying, then please clarify, but 5.5 and beyond has had no problems, as I use it frequently. For any future readers of this thread, Ann's analysis is correct.