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Old January 22nd, 2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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A little stuck!!

Hey folks.

I've been given some footage that was digitised on a mac (I think using Final Cut Pro, but I'm not 100% sure)

It's a .mxf format.

My problem is I'm running a Windows computer and can't import this footage into Vegas 12. It just keeps throwing up an error code. I tried importing it to Media Encoder to change it to something else, but it wouldn't import there either (Encoder has the mxf codec, I can see it in the dropdown list) I tried using Xilisoft to convert the footage, but that just refuses to even start the process.

I don't know what to do with this. I could really do with some help, I'm at my wits end!
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: A little stuck!!

Just tried using Brorsoft MXF Converter, that doesn't work either.
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: A little stuck!!

.mxf is a container format, there are several codecs that might be inside.

I'd suggest downloading MediaInfo and using it to figure out what codec is being used. Be sure to select one of the advanced views in MediaInfo.

VLC Player is a very handy player for almost anything. It can also do conversions, but I find it difficult for that purpose.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Re: A little stuck!!

As was mentioned the .mxf is just a container. If it came off of a Mac there is a good chance that it's an AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec). If that is the case the only way you'll be able to use it is to either edit on a Mac or use a Mac to convert the file to a codec that is available to you. Apple hasn't allowed the AIC codec on a PC.

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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:27 PM   #5
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Re: A little stuck!!

You won't be able to use AIC natively on your PC, but it's easy enough to convert to whatever you like - ffmpeg or any ffmpeg based gui encoder will do it (e.g ffmpeggui), you don't need a mac (assuming AIC is the problem).
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Old January 30th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #6
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Re: A little stuck!!

I tried it in Final Cut on a friend's Mac, but it didn't work either.

A friend suggested that it could be an Avid based .mxf, which is why it doesn't work in anything else.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #7
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There are any number of weird codecs, but it's a bit unusual to find them in an .mxf wrapper. Did you follow Seth's advice above? What happened?
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