edit P2 AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 MXF footage with Final Cut Pro

  • Final Cut Pro offers one of the most widely used editing platforms for content created with Panasonic’s P2 system. With each new version of FCP, its capabilities regarding P2 are enhanced and made more efficient.

    P2 media is recorded in MXF format, it offers a variety of formats to choose from (DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100), differing in bit depth (8 or 10 bits), scanning mode (Progressive or Interlaced) and also frame rate. The Panasonic’s 10-bit AVC-Intra codecs (AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100) are very demanding on your computer’s processor. If you find your FCP editing system does not operate with the same level of performance as with FCP codecs (such as Apple ProRes 422), you may need a more powerful computer, or convert the P2 HD AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 codec video into a FCP ProRes codec.

    This tutorial has been written for people attempting to work with P2 within the Final Cut Pro editing environment. It describes how to transcode P2 HD AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 to Apple ProRes for FCP importing on Mountain Lion using AVC-Intra MXF to FCP Converter.

    Cautions:
    Within “CONTENTS” you can see that there is a folder for AUDIO, CLIP, ICON, PROXY, Video and VOICE, and each folder contains only those specific parts of the video stream. If you have some loose .MXF clips only, your files will have image only without audio. So make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your P2 card while importing to software to do format conversion. Only when you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, P2 AVC-Intra MXF to FCP Converter is able to recognize audio tracks from ‘AUDIO’ folder automatically, which guarantees the generated ProRes MOV files have both image and sound correctly.  

    P2 Media Folders on HDD

    Step-by-step instruction:
    How to convert P2 AVC-Intra video to ProRes for using in Final Cut Pro?

    1. Load P2 AVC-Intra 50/100 MXF videos into MXF to ProRes 422 Converter for Mac via clicking “Add video” or “Add from folder” icon.

    2. Choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format for Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X.

    3. Click “Convert” button to start Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra MXF to ProRes 422 conversion. Once finished, you can click “Open” button to get the produced Apple ProRes 422 files for editing with Final Cut Pro.

    Import your ProRes MOV clips into Final Cut Pro X or Final Cur Pro 6/7 through File > Import > Files…