Canon release MXF plug-in for FCP X

Good news for anyone with a Canon C300, XF300 or XF100 – you’re now supported in Final Cut Pro X! With the new plug-in, any .MXF footage can be loaded directly into Apple’s latest NLE, solving a bit of a headache for those capturing on Canon camcorders but wanting to edit in FCP X.

Until now, users had to go the long way round to load movie clips using FCP 7’s Log and Transfer to save the .mxf files as XDCAM HD422 .mov files before importing them into FCP X. But as long as you have the latest version of Final Cut Pro X – v10.0.3 – installed on your Mac, files from your XF300, XF305, XF100, XF105 or EOS C300 are now supported.

This was big news for Jigsaw Video Consultant and XF300 fan, James Graham. “The XF300 is a very popular small broadcast acquisition camera and for good reasons,” he said. “The only drawback for an FCP X user was getting the files in.”

And filmmakers who have got on board with Canon’s latest foray into cinematic cameras – the C300 – will also benefit from the new interoperability between Canon Long GOP cameras and Apple FCP X. James said:

“The C300 looks set to become the low budget advert, drama and film camera of choice, squaring off against the mighty Sony F3. There’s been a lot of debate around the F3 vs the C300, but suffice to say owners can now edit natively in the platform they are most comfortable. And if that’s FCP X, then there will no longer be any issues.”

How to get it

The 3.4 MB plug-in is available for any Mac users running Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 over at the  It will enable any users of Canon’s EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, XF305, XF300, XF105 or XF100 camcorders to load movie clips into FCP X. Here’s what you do once you’ve downloaded it:

1. Confirm that Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 has been installed to the computer.

2. Download “xpfm-2-0-0-4-8l.dmg.gz” from the download page.

3. Double-click “xpfm-2-0-0-4-8l.dmg.gz”. After decompressing the file, “xpfm-2-0-0-4-8l.dmg” will be created.

4. Double-click “xpfm-2-0-0-4-8l.dmg”. The disk image “XPFM20″ will be mounted.

5. Double-click the installer, “UpdateInstaller” in “XPFM20″.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

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