21 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2015 9:41 AM by chrisjonker RSS

    Import MXF file into premiere

    Maxwell84 Community Member



      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.



        • 1. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
          UlfLaursen Community Member

          Hi Maxwell


          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?



          • 2. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
            Ann Bens CommunityMVP

            The camera comes with the XF utility program.

            Have you tried that to get the files on to the computer.

            I am on windows and no trouble editing the files.

            • 3. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
              DaveTrayers Community Member

              There are two ways I have been successful:


              1. Copy just the MXF files from the memory card to the computer and import those files into your project.  PPr will create PEK files, but not conform them.  You will have to arrange them manually (join the spanned clips yourself).  Even with this method the audio sometimes disappears and you have to restart PPr to get it back.
              2. Use the Canon XF Utility to create a single MXF file of your spanned clips on the memory card and import the new file into the project.  PPr will create a PEK file and not conform.  I have not lost the audio with this method (yet).


              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.

              • 4. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                ExactImage Community Member

                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.

                • 5. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                  waynewhite1 Community Member

                  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:



                  • 6. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                    al_bergstein Community Member

                    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.

                    • 7. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                      nission Community Member

                      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.

                      • 8. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                        JSS1138 Community Member

                        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.

                        • 9. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                          Ann Bens CommunityMVP

                          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.

                          • 10. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                            al_bergstein Community Member

                            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.

                            • 11. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                              cc_merchant Community Member

                              Who converts native format that can easily be edited in PR to some intermediate with whatever software, reducing quality, extending conversion time, increasing storage requirements when it is utterly NOT necessary? Something must be wrong here...

                              • 12. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                Shao Lung Community Member

                                I actually have a question.....something weird is going on. I have Adobe PPro CS6 and am having trouble with not getting Canon MXF files into PPro, but getting them imported as on clip. I have tried EVERY method available and discussed and they still show as multiple 5 minute chunks. Also, under properties, they are showing as "XDCAM-HD" movie dlips and not Canon MXF. They are all shot on one of my three Canon XF100's. All 1080p and 50MB/s rates. I use the project setting for Canon MXF 1080p 29.97. I have copied the ENTIRE contents of my memory cards to their own subdirectory(folder)on my RAID Capture drive. It does not make any difference if I use media browser or just file/import - they just will not be joined for editing (or even shown that way) by PPro. The reason this is such an issue is that I use PluralEyes to synch the mutliple angle shots, and though PluralEyes sees them as one clip, Premiere does not, and it is causing import audio/video editors on the clips lasting longer than 5 minutes.....there is no video or audio, and I believe it is because though PE is seeing the clip as one joined file, PPro is not. The only way that I have gotten PPro to see the files as Canon MXF is if I stick the Memory card itself in - and why would anyone ant to import or work with files directly on CF cards? Please, please someone help.

                                • 13. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                  al_bergstein Community Member

                                  Shao: can you try re-importing off the card by using the XF utilities? I would try both normal backup or export as MXF.

                                  • 14. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                    Shao Lung Community Member


                                    Thanks for the advice. I "backed up" the card to a folder on my HD, renamed it to correspond with the project and imported media using media browser. Worked like a charm. Awsesome. Now if I can only get PluralEyes 3.2 to work within PPro itself I would be set. I have a tech request out to Red Giant on this. It works standalone fine but not by using the connector extension within PPro. Again, thank you, the backup option worked perfectly.

                                    • 15. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                      al_bergstein Community Member

                                      Glad it worked.

                                      • 16. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                        cc_merchant Community Member

                                        Nonsense. MXF works fine with PR, both from Canon and Sony cameras. The only requirement is that you copy the complete contents of your storage card to the hard disk and use Media Browser to import the clips into your project.


                                        Using a video converter is ill-advised, takes unnecessary time and causes a generation loss.

                                        • 17. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                          UlfLaursen Community Member

                                          Agree with you 100% cc - I have edited tons of native MXF



                                          • 18. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                            Shao Lung Community Member

                                            Since posting on this thread, I have edited tons of MXF in Premiere CS6 no problem. The only caveat is you have to import via media browser for the files to be spanned. Works fabulous though.

                                            • 19. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                              max0517 Community Member

                                              I think this thread should be marked as "solved", for many guys before has already posted the correct answers. But for me, recently , the new Samsung NX 1 files encoded under H.265/HEVC can't be imported in Premiere. I would like to see that work. I have tried many apps, which most of them have failed , but one seems to be OK. Video Converter from pav, I found it in Download.cnet. And maybe I will use it until premiere can support this codec

                                              • 20. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                                chrisjonker Community Member

                                                Well please wait a sec with that, I also have a problem and could find any solution yet.

                                                I shot footage with a borrowed fx 105for a school project and i am in the middle of editing it in première pro CS6. I had no problem what so ever with importing them, but when I tried to export my project I came acrossthe same problem as if I tried to play the raw mxf files using VLC player, the frames sort of copy themselfs over eachiquer. I heard this could be part of shooting 50i, but it played correct in PP CS6 so I expected it to export correctly. Please help and please say there is a solution that sows not involve starting over completely

                                                • 21. Re: Import MXF file into premiere
                                                  Ann Bens CommunityMVP

                                                  I have been editing canon mxf for a couple of years now. Never seen of heard this issue.

                                                  Re install VLC or check the settings.