MXF is an acronym for for Material Exchange Format. The MXF file format was designed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Files that contain the .mxf file extension are often referred to as the digital equivalent of video tape. These files contain video and audio data as well as other data bitstreams. They can be used in video recorders, cameras and on computers.
The MXF file format is a container format and MXF files can be converted into other video formats when needed. However, the proper video codec must be present in order to play the video that is contained in the MXF container file.
How to play MXF files?
Solution 1: VLC player - Play MXF files on Mac and Windows
VLC player is an open source media player developed by the Video Lan project. It is a very useful tool for viewing many different media formats, on multiple computer platforms. Playing MXF files on VLC can be achieved by some methods. To be able to play them you can use Avid or Canopus editing software, or use RayLight and use any of these to convert the MXF files into AVI files that can be easily played in VLC by downloading a codec like divX codec. Another method for playing MXF files on VLC is by using the Mainconcept Reference codec, by installing this codec you can directly run your MXF files on the VLC media player. Through this you should be playing MXF files on VLC media player with ease.
Solution 2: MXF File Converter - How to play MXF on Mac(OS X 10.11 included) or Windows
Besides playing MXF files, most users have the need to convert MXF to other video formats, such as convert MXF to MOV, convert MXF to AVI, convert MXF to MP4, etc. because MOV, AVI, MP4 or some other formats have better video compatibility, with these compatible formats, you can easily play them on portable devices, or load them to editing software like FCP X/7/6, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Adobe Premiere for editing.
iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (Review) is a professional MXF files Converting tool which features converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Canon XF series camcorders and Sony XDCAM camcorders, etc. to a wide range of formats compatible with
- Home Theater System: 3D TV, WD TV Media Player, Xtreamer Media Player Streamer, HDTV, etc.
- Portable Devices: iPad Air, iPhone 6, Apple TV 3, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4/Note 4, Galaxy S6, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, Google Nexus 6/9, Surface 3/Pro 3, HTC One M9, etc.
- Media Players: QuickTime Player, VLC, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Popcorn Hour Media Player, etc.
- Video Editing Software: Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Sony Vegas, Cinelerra, Pinnacle, Windows Movie Maker, Cyberlink, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto, etc.
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Step 1. Import MXF recordings
First copy the MXF footages from your camcorder to the Mac computer, then click "Load File" button to import MXF files to this MXF Video Converter.
This powerful MXF Converter also supports drag and drop function and support batch convert several MXF files at one time.
Step 2. Select MOV as output format
Click the "Format" drop-down menu to select MOV as output format from the "Common Video" or or "HD video" category.
There are two kinds of MOV format in the "Common Video" category.
One is MOV QuickTime Video(*.mov): it is recommended to select this kind of MOV If your purpose of converting MXF to MOV is to burn MXF to iDVD, or play MXF in QuickTime, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, or edit MXF in iMovie.
Another is ProRes Apple ProRes Codec(*.mov): it is recommended to select this kind of MOV if your purpose of converting MXF to MOV is to edit MXF in Final Cut Pro X, 7, and etc.
Step 3 Directly edit MXF movies (Optional)
Click the "Edit" button to open the Video Edit window to edit MXF files:
Go to "Trim" tab to set which MXF segment you want to convert by setting the start time and end time if you don't want to convert the whole MXF video and only want to convert only one clip of the MXF video;
Go to "Crop" tab to adjust the playing region or remove the black region of the MXF video;
Go to "Image" tab to set the MXF video image brightness, contrast, saturation;
Go to "Watermark" tab to add text or picture watermarks to this MXF movie files;
Go to "Effect" tab to add video effects like "Black and White" or "Old Film" to the MXF video or to use Deinterlace to convert interlaced video to the progressive video;
Go to "Subtitle" tab to add or remove subtitle for the MXF movie files.
Click the "Setting..." button to adjust the MXF video parameters like bitrate, resolution, size, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio volume, audio channel and etc.
Step 4. Convert MXF to MOV
Click the "Start conversion" button to start and finish converting MXF to Apple ProRes MOV or converting MXF to QuickTime MOV.
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