I am afraid the MXF format is likely to become antiquated
That's unlikely to happen any time soon. It's pretty well entrenched in the broadcast world.
Thanks for your response. Its comforting to know MXF is expected to be around for a while. I suppose another big hang up for me is Ikegami MXF.
To work Ikegami MXF natively requires a pretty pricey codec plug-in. It was no suprise that with the upgrade to CS6 a new version of this plug-in was required.
So far we have only purchased one license of this plug-in to accomadate our move to CS6 but really need three in total. I am employed by a government organization and to keep up with the latest releases of the Adobe production suite as well as the acommpanying plug-in is going to be a fiscal battle.
Given that...can you suggest any edit/storage friendly transcode formats? In my initial test I tried a 1080p version of H.264, but that resulted in a grainy/pixelated look. I have my doubts about H264 will perform in editing given its high compression. I will have time for a wider array of format tests in the next few weeks, but any helpful pointers to get me started in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time and input,
You could use DNxHD which is free and works on MAC and PC. It also does a decent job of keeping the file size reasonable. You could also use Lagarith or UT as well which both of these are great options too. Cineform is also a option although to use it for free you need to download their GoPro software and then once you install the software the Cineform export options will show up in Adobe media encoder. UT works on mac and pc just like DNxHD does, So if cross platform compatibility is a issue for you then those two are probably a good bet.
Honestly though the p2 mxf formats you have mentioned you're using probably aren't going to go anywhere. So if you're able to edit them with no issues I wouldn't bother transoding them. Unless you are just wanting to store a master of the final edit or something.
Also you are correct to be concerned about h.264's editing performance. In my experince it really strains your system unless your dealing with something like AVC-Intra 100 or 50.