What's a pity! Many users are facing issues and find it’s a painful experience to import Canon C500 footage into Final Cut Pro (which includes the FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) on Mac OS X. No worries, here is the best solution for you (MacOs Sierra included).
Q: Workflow with Canon EOS C500 to FCP 7
“Hello, can anyone tell me the way to import videos from Canon EOS C500 to FCP X? Not long ago I bought Canon EOS C500 Camcorder and recorded a lot of video clips. Today I copied the C500 recorded MXF files onto my computer’s HDD and would like to edit C500 MXF files with FCP X on iMac, but when I load the videos into Final Cut Pro X, I always get error, the Final Cut said the video format is not supported, after I searched on the Internet I know FCP X supported video formats are limited, the native format is Apple ProRes codec MOV format, do I need to convert Canon C500 MXF to FCP X Apple ProRes? Any suggestion is appreciated, thanks!”
As you see, the C500 user is seeking for a solution to importing Canon C500 MXF files into Final Cut Pro for editing without problems. Have you also met the trouble and got frustrated? Well, don’t blame the Final Cut Pro, the “Import from Camera…” option works just like “Log and Transfer”. The thing is, even FCP 7 does not work with the Canon or Panasonic P2 MXF codec. As far as I know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding MXF files to Final Cut Pro native format (Apple ProRes encoded .mov is highly recommended). Along with some help from the MXF Converter for Mac, it can be done.
To help those who wanna edit C500 MXF files in FCP 6/7 and FCP X, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Canon C500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV format for Final Cut Pro editing flawlessly.
Downloading the App- Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to MOV Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C500, Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The Mac MXF to ProRes Converter can convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Guide: Transcoding Canon C500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP 6/7/X
Step 1 -> Download, install and launch Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, and import MXF files into the program
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Canon C500 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "add files" button to browse to import MXF videos.
Step 2 -> Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Step 3 -> You can click "Settings" button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need. You can set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p), etc
Step 4. -> Click “Convert” button to start transcoding C500 mxf files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 /X under Mac OS with the ideal MXF to ProRes Converter Mac.
Once the MXF to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer Canon C500 MXF footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out “Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "FCE, FCP, iMovie Column"to get your solutions.
Related Guide & Tips:
Get Best MXF Converter for Mac Reviews
Convert MTS/M2TS to Camtasia Studio 7/8
Work Canon XF100 MXF files with FCP X
Guide to Edit Sony PJ790 AVCHD in FCP X/7
Copy/Edit Sony PMW-500 MXF files in FCP 7/X
How to Transcode Canon C500 MXF to iMovie/FCE
Top 4 MXF Converters for Mac (El Capitan Included)
2015-2016 Best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Review
Edit Panasonic Lumix GH4/GH3/GH2/GH1 in FCP 7/X
Importing AVCHD files from Panasonic HS900 to iMovie
Converting Canon C500 MXF files to Adobe Premiere Pro
Canon C500 and Sony Vegas Pro/Pinnacle Studio Workflow
Transcoding Canon C500 MXF files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP
Convert MTS/M2TS Video with Tipard Video Converter Alternative for Mac