"I am working on a project shot on the Canon C300 and want to import into After Effects and I know that the Canon MXF Codec isn't supported in AE so what is best way to import the footage without losing quality?"
Adobe After Effects is fully compatible with .mxf video using AVC-Intra, AVC-Intra 50, AVC-Intra 100, DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, and DVCPRO HD codec's, it can also import XDCAM HD files in MXF format，but it can't support .mxf files in Canon XF codec. Canon EOS C300 is a popular professional HD camcorder. It adopts the industry-standard MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:2 Codec (Canon XF Codec, MXF). So, what's the solution ?
For my own opinion, the best way is to convert Canon C300 footage to After Effects CS6 compatible format, like MOV (AVC) or MPEG-2. In this case, we'll need to find out a professional MXF converter.
Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac (a professional Mac MXF to After Effects Converter tool) is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, , iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. For Windows user, get Brorsoft MXF Converter.
Transcoding Canon C300 MXF video to Adobe After Effects:
Step 1. After downloading, install and run this Mac MXF Converter, just copy the MXF files from the CF cards right to your hard drive, import the files to the software.
Step 2. Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG format.
Step 3. You can click "Settings" button to adjust the parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc.
Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Canon C300 .mxf to .mpg for importing to After Effects CS6 on Mac.
After the conversion is finished, just run Adobe After Effects CS6 and import the generated .mpg files. You will find the output video work perfectly on After Effects CS6 as well as for After Effects CC, CS5, CS4.
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