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I use imovie 11 (9.0.4). I am using a canon XF 305 camera

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I use imovie 11 (9.0.4). I am using a canon XF 305 camera with CF cards. How can I import the footage from camera into imovie? I can import it into canon xf utility which allows me to export to MXF? Any suggestions...?
Hi and Welcome. My Name is XXXXX XXXXX I look forward to assisting you today with your question.

iMovie ican't read the MXF files. iMovie is not designed to handle the professional video camera codec. I'd recommend to get FCP X for editing with MXF files.

If you want to import the videos to iMovie, then you have convert the MXF videos to Apple Intermediate Codec or Quicktime (MOV) format first. Then manually import the videos to iMovie.

First, transfer the MXF files to your Mac. Then you need a MXF converter to do the converting, try this :

(Make sure to select Apple Intermedia Codec (*.mov) or ProRes codes as format in the converter)

This should convert the MXF to MOV files. You can import that MOV fiiles to iMovie.

Please let me know if that didn't work, so we can continue troubleshooting.

Best Regards,
Steve, there are also many other converters. See here :

Try the trial version of those converters before buying them.

Best Regards,
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

If I download FCP will my camera be recognized? It didn't seem to be recognized with the trial version.

If you want a powerful video editor, then you should get FCP or FCP X

You can buy FCP X from AppStore. See here :

FCP is much more powerful than iMovie and designed to handle almost all professional video codecs. iMovie is just for small editing purpose, not for Professional editing.

You have to download and install the Canon XF plugin to use your Camera with FCP. Get it from here :

Without the Canon XF Plugin for FCP, you will not be able to import the videos to FCP X.

So download and install the plugin first. Once you installed the plugin, you can use Log and Transfer option to import the videos to FCP.

Best Regards,
Yes, FCP will recognize your Camera but you have to install the Canon XF Plugin for FCP first. Download the plugin from here for your FCP (make sure you download the correct version) :

To download, on the above site click Drivers and Software. Under Operating System, select the version of OS X you are using. Then click Software and you can find the Plugin there.

Best Regards,
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