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How to edit MXF files in Pinnacle Studio Smoothly

If you shoot some .MXF files with your Sony, Panasonic full HD camcorders, you will probably choose to find an easy-to-use video editing software for making your own home movies. If you are not a video professional, Pinnacle Studio will be a good tool for you to edit .MXF videos. Pinnacle Studio is a non-linear video editing software application manufactured by Pinnacle Systems, a division of Avid Technology. It is the consumer-level counterpart to Pinnacle’s former professional-level software. With Pinnacle Studio as your creative partner, you’ll spend less time making videos and more time sharing them.

Although, it claims that Pinnacle Studio can support MXF files, there are so many limits you are facing like the System Requirements: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 gHz or higher required for 1920×1080 MXF editing, 2GB system memory required for MXF and more. If you can’t meet these requirements, you will get troubles when importing .MXF files to Pinnacle Studio for editing. To get Pinnacle Studio working with MXF footage beautifully, the best solution is to transcode MXF to Pinnacle Studio favorable formats like AVI, WMV, etc. Apart from for easy editing, video in these formats comes out in a much smaller size.

The following tutorial will guide you through how to import MXF to Pinnacle Studio with friendly format using MXF Converter. It’s free, clean and sate to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode MXF footage shot by Canon, JVC, Sony, Panasonic etc. cameras for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Pinnacle Studio 14/15/16/Ultimate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Avid Studio, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Windows Movie Maker and more. If you’re using a Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version – MXF Converter Mac, which can help you solve the MXF and Mac incompatibility.


How to convert .MXF files to Pinnacle Studio friendly formats

Step 1: Load MXF footage to the program

Download, install and run the MXF to Pinnacle Converter, click “Add Videos” icon to load your source MXF videos. You can also use this software as MXF player.

Step 2: Choose output format for Pinnacle Studio

Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Here we choose “HD Video” -> “AVI HD Video (*.avi)” as output, which seems to be the best one due to the great video quality but small size. Of course, MPG, MP4, WMV are also the proper formats for Pinnacle.

Step 3: Adjust video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. Notice that you can not “convert up” video quality. If you selected HD Video in Step 2, we advise you to adjust the A/V parameters to be the same with source MXF footage so as to bear least quality loss at proper file size. To cut down file size, you may set down video bit rate, the lower bit rate you set the smaller file size you get. Do not forget to click “OK” to confirm your settings. Then type in a desired output location in the “Output” box.

Step 4: Start converting MXF to Pinnacle Studio

Click the convert button under the preview window, the MXF converter will start converting MXF  to Pinnacle Studio. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Pinnacle Studio perfectly.

MXF Format Quick Learn

The .MXF file format is created specifically for high-definition (HD) digital camcorders. The format was developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic for use in their camcorders. Support for the format has grown and is now supported by Canon, JVC video camcorders.

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