"I just shot a movie with DVCPRO HD P2 camera, everything was filmed on P2 cards in 1080-50i (AVC I 50/50i). The program itself was a single shot of just over 65 minutes, while on the P2 card it was broke down in separate files, six files of 10 minutes and 9 seconds (4,27 Gb) and one file with the final couple of minutes (about 1 Gb). How do I get these files in to one single file and edit it in FCP?"
Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 camcorder produced mutually incompatible files due to opaque sub format options obscured behind the MXF file extension. Without advanced tools, it was impossible to distinguish these incompatible formats.
Panasonic P2 HD series: AJ-HPX3700, AJ-HPX2700, AJ-HPX3100, AJ-HPX2100, AJ-HPX2000, AG-3DP1, AG-HPX500 series, AG-HPX370 series, AG-HPX250, AG-HVX170.
Due to file structure of the P2 card, Panasonic will separate videos for every 10~12 minutes, so you may got many spanned files on the card; to lossless merge them into one files, there's an easy way to do this which you will find it yourself after reading this guide.
See Also: Panasonic Column | MXF Column | FCP Column
DVCPRO HD MXF files from Panasonic P2 cameras now can be loaded to FCP 7 or X, but it's not the preferred video format/codec so that the raw video performance in FCP is not as good as it playing back on your camera. In order to convert Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 MXF files into best format for FCP on Mac, you may like to give a shpt to this powerful Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. With intuitive interface, you can easily and fast convert Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 MXF to ProRes 422 HQ for FCP on Mac using this professional MXF to ProRes Converter. And the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 is supported; just feel free to try it!
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How to convert Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 footage to ProRes 422 for FCP on Mac?
Step 1. Connect your Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 Camcorder to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MXF files to Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Add Panasonic Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 MXF videos to MXF Converter for Mac.
Run this MXF to ProRes Converter for Mac, and click the "Add Files" button to load individuals mxf videos; or click "Add from folder" to load the entire folder.
Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format.
Click the "Profile" option, you will find various video formats sorted by different programs/devices. For FCP, it should be Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422.
Pls note the "merge into one file" box above "Open", you can lossless merge Panasonic MXF footages in FCP a few clicks.
Step 4. Now click the big red "Converter" and wait for a while to get the fresh hot converted video. Click Browse the locate them directly.
Launch FCP 6/7/X, and go to "File > Import > Files…" to import converted P2 footage to FCP project.
See Also: How to Import ProRes MOV to FCP
If you intend to burn MXF footage taken with Panasonic's P2 AVC-Intra camcorder onto a blank DVD disc for delivering or sharing, you can give Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac a shot. It comes with two versions, one is Free Version, and the other is Retail version. By using the Free Version, you can create DVDs from common video files such as MOV, MKV, AVI, TiVo and more. By using the Retail Version, you can make DVDs from MXF, burn videos from FCP to DVD,burn AVCHD footage to DVD, Free Burn AVI/MKV/MP4/MOV to DVD, Free Burn YouTube videos/Vimeo/Torrent movies to DVD and even still pictures. Take it easy to make you own selection:
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