How to Transcode Canon MXF Clips to Edit in Sony Vegas Pro?

Posted by admin on October 29, 2014 under MXF, Sony Vegas, Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

I have two camcorders: a Canon XA10 and Canon C300. The former captures in AVCHD format and is readily imported into Sony Vegas Pro 12 with no loss in quality. However, the Canon C300 captures in .MXF format which Vegas Pro doesn’t recognise. This necessitates a conversion to an acceptable format and this is where I am running into problems.”

What is MXF?
MXF, short for Material Exchange Format, is a new developed video container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. This video format is created specifically for HD digital camcorders including Canon XF, Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM.

If you have one of these camcorders like Canon XF100, Canon XF105, Canon XF200, Canon XF205, Canon XF300, Canon XF305, Canon C300, Canon C500, etc. you must be familiar with the MXF format, because Canon XF series camcorders output captured data in MXF extension. There are an increasing number of professional video editing tools that can work with Canon MXF files natively including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro 3.1 or above, and Sony Vegas. But some people find it is not convenient for them to import Canon MXF to Sony Vegas Pro for editing. There are several reasons.

1. If the structure of  Canon MXF files changed, you’ll find impossible to directly import Canon MXF videos into Sony Vegas Pro.

2. Since the Canon MXF format is relatively new, many video editors including the Sony Vegas Pro are lacking of native support to it, or are only just starting to add support for this file type.

Here we’d like to offer you the easiest solution to editing Canon MXF in Sony Vegas Pro.

In fact, it’s not hard. The best and easiest way to let Sony Vegas work with Canon MXF files is to convert these files to Sony Vegas Pro compatible formats like MPEG-2, WMV and MOV previously. You can get UFUSoft MXF Converter as the best Canon MXF to MPEG-2 Converter which can help you to convert Canon MXF to MPEG-2, the supported format for Vegas Pro that makes it possible to smoothly import MXF recordings to Sony Vegas Pro for editing.

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How to transcode Canon MXF clips to edit in Sony Vegas Pro 11/12 smoothly?

Step 1: Start up the top MXF file converter for Vegas Pro, Click “Add Video” button to laod MXF clips captured by Canon X100 or XF105, XF200, XF205, XF300, XF305, C300, C500.

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Step 2: Click “Format” bar, and choose “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” profile list.

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Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start Canon MXF to Sony Vegas Pro Conversion. When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the generated MPEG-2 .mpg files for uploading and editing in Vegas Pro 11/12.

Tips: lick the “Settings” icon and you will go into “Profile Settings” interface. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.


1. You’d better keep your original video size and set the frame rate as 30fps for adding Canon MXF footages to Sony Vegas Pro.

2. Click Effect button and you can deinterlace 1080i Canon MXF files for Sony Vegas Pro via checking off the “Deinterlacing” box in the Video Editor.

Import the converted Canon MXF files in .mpg format to Sony Vegas Pro

Follow File > Import > Media… to browse and load the transcoded Canon XF100/XF105/XF200/XF205/XF300/XF305/C300/C500 footage to Sony Vegas Pro for extending editing.

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