Summary: From this article below, you can learn the best way to import Sony PMW-200 MXF footage into Avid Media Composer on Mac by transcoding the Sony XDCAM MXF to DNxHD for Avid MC.
The Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is the successor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder. It supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. Well, in this page, we aim to share some tips and tricks to solve the Sony PMW-200 workflow on Mac like how to import Sony PMW-200 MXF to Avid Media Composer under Mac OS X smoothly. If you met any Sony XDCAM HD422 MXF to Avid MC importing or editing issues like the below user had, go through the page to find the solution.
I've been exporting mxf clips from a Sony EX1 and then importing them into Avid for years... always worked well and happened pretty fast. But I have an hour-long clip (an interview) shot with my new Sony PMW-200, and it's taking forever to import into Avid (v.6.2). A bit more info, in case it pertains:
I first exported the clip (MPEG2 HD Long 35Mbps) from my SxS card to a hard drive (on my MacBook Pro, which has an ExpressCard slot). The export (this is using Sony's Content Browser) happens very quickly (faster than it used to with my EX1 clips), but, as I've said, the import of this clip into Avid doesn't seem to want to happen.
What caused the problems? As we know, XDCAM HD422 products record and play back high definition video with 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions using MPEG HD422 compression and the XDCAM HD422 video footage is wrapped in an MXF container, which is can not natively imported by many professional video editing application including the Avid Media Composer. So, it will be a bit hard when importing XDCAM HD422 video footage with Avid MC. While, things can be different if you get some help from third-party software Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac.
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF Converter on Mac OS X, which can not only convert Sony PMW-202 MXF files to DNxHD codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. This Mac MXF Converter can also transcode MXF videos from Canon C30O XF100, XF105, XF305, Pansonic P2 cameras for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc on Mac OS X(Lion and Mountain Lion included). Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Guide: Transcoding Sony PMW-200 MXF files for editing in Avid Media Composer on Mac
Step 1: Import video files from your Sony PMW-202 to the MXF to Avid MC Converter Mac.
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Sony PMW-200 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "Add files" button to browse to import MXF videos.
Step 2: Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow "Avid Media Composer" > Avid DHxHD (*.mov)”.
Step 3: Click "Convert" button to start converting Sony PMW-200 mxf files to Avid DHxHD .mov for Media Composer under Mac OS X.
Tip:Some more helpful features of the Mac MXF to MOV Converter:
1. Settings- Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
Once the XDCAM MXF Mac conversion is done, you can transfer Sony PMW-200 MXF footage into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.