Canon XF series of camcorders (which includes the XF305, XF300, XF105 and XF100) are excellent camcorders used by many professional photographers. Taking advantage of the latest HD technology - along with Canon's robust MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec - the XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 utilizes Canon's XF Codec - a file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper that ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. While enjoying the excellent HD quality, many Canon users are facing importing issues when putting Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 MXF files into iMovie. So what's the available workflow for using Canon MXF files in iMovie?
The basic reason why we can't work Canon MXF files with iMovie is that MXF is not supported by iMovie. To make Canon MXF files compatible with with iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert Canon MXF to AIC(Apple Intermediate Codec) encoded MOV, which ensures best results when using in iMovie. EaseFab Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the Canon MXF to iMovie AIC transcoding on Mac OS X (Yosemite and Mavericks included).
With it, you can effortlessly transcode Canon MXF to AIC encoded MOV files, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie(no matter iMovie'11, iMovie 09, iMovie 08 or iMovie HD). Besides, it also exports advanced encoders like ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, iDVD and more. Now just download the program and follow the step-by-step tutorial to transfer Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 MXF files to iMovie for smooth editing.
Free download the Mac MXF to iMovie Converter trial version:
Step 1. Import MXF files
Install and launch the Mac MXF to iMovie converter, then click "Add Video" button to browse to a Canon .mxf clip and the software will add it to file list. Repeat the operation to load multiple .mxf videos.
Step 2. Select iMovie as the outout format
You can directly choose the preset for iMovie which has been supplied by the VOB to iMovie Mac Converter. The setting also works for iMovie'08, iMovie'09, iMovie'11, and iMovie HD etc.
Tip: You can click "Settings" and adjust bitrate (from 1Mbps to 20Mbps) your requirement. You can also set a different video resolution (1920X1080/1440X1080/1280X720/720X480) and frame rate(24p/30p) as long as you like.
Step 3. Start MXF to iMovie conversion on Mac OS X
Click "Convert" to start converting Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 MXF to AIC encoded MOV videos for imovie.
After the AVI to iMovie Mac conversion, click "Open" to find .mov videos and import converted .mov files to imovie for editing. Now you can freely use your Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 MXF files on iMovie'08, iMovie'09, iMovie'11, iMovie HD etc.