Last year, Canon EOS C300 nad C300 PL have created a miracle. Now, Canon has taken its Cinema EOS lineup one step further with the new 4k EOS C500 (which comes in both EF and PL mount versions).
It is similar to the EOS C300 digital cinema
model that Canon introduced earlier this year. As you might recall, C500 is outfitted with a 4K-resolution sensor. Well, that sensor’s potential finds its full expression within these new C500
(Canon EF mount) and C500 PL (cine-style PL mount) models.
What makes the C500 extremely powerful is the way that it outputs full, 4096 x 2160-pixel 4K video. The 10-bit output pushes uncompressed 4K RAW data or a 2K RGB 4:4:4 signal through dual BNCs that support 3G-SDI. It also outputs 2K and 1920 x 1080 HD (12-bit or 10-bit, 4:4:4 RGB) component signals with frame rates up to 60p, or 2K and 1920 x 1080 HD (10-bit, 4:2:2 YCrCb) component signals up to 120p.
The recording media uses the advanced and popular compression MPEG-2 MXF format with Canon XF Codec as well as C300. If you try to put the Canon XF files to Final Cut Pro for editing, you will meet some troubles on your Mac. In fact, FCP 6, FCP 7, and FCP X all can't recognize the native Canon MXF movie because FCP is designed to work with QT files. So we have to transcode MXF to FCP video format firstly.
Then how to convert C500 MXF for FCP? Canon company may has made a XF Log and Transfer Plugin for the camcorder, but the plugin can't keep the original video quality and it is not easy to find. Here I will share an easier way to ingest C500 MXF footages to FCP (X)- Using a Canon XF Converter to encode MXF to ProRes 422 with original video quality. If you have on MXF convert app, you should better install the top MXF to FCP Converter to help you complete the conversion. Because the powerful Canon XF transfer tool is a friendly and easy-to-use app. I have been using it for a long time. And someone was always there to answer my questions and assist me with the converting process. I believe it will be your best choice.
Guide: Transfer and reformat Canon C500 XF video to RoRes for editing with FCP (X).
1. Open the MXF Converter on your Mac OS X and click "File" to add 1080p movies from the C500 CF card.
2. Click on "Format" bar and find the "Final Cut Pro", in the category, all video frmats are compatible for FCP. You can choose the codec as you want to convert to. Please notice that FCP 6 only has Apple Prores 422(*.mov) and Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov) codecs.
Apple ProRes 422– Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)– Keep original video quality for editing in FCP.
Apple ProRes 422 (LT)– Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422
3. Best video and audio settings:
4. After the above things are complete, you can click the "convert" to start transcoding Canon C500 MXF to ProRes.
As soon as the conversion is complete, you are able to directly drag and drop the converted video file to Final Cut Pro for further editing on Mac OS X.