Tips for Fixing Corrupt MXF files on Mac

Summary: If you encounter problem with MXF files on Mac, don’t worry, this article will offer you some tips in detail to fix it.

After taking some MXF videos, you are willing to spend time working with those .MXF files to create a masterstroke. Theoretically, MXF file is able to work natively in Adobe Premiere and quite well through plug-in in FCP X. You can also import MXF files into Avid Media Composer 6 through AMA plug-in. While, if the MXF files in the internal card have been copied incorrectly to your Mac with corrupt folder structure, things will be a bit more difficult. In this article, we aim to solve the problem that how to fix corrupt MXF files on Mac.

As we know, MXF has been around as a professional container format for many years. New 4K and Cinema formats like XAVC, Sony RAW and CinemaDNG use MXF as their container format. No matter from any camcorder, you won’t access your MXF footage with the corrupt MXF folder structure. In additional to this, the video editing application on Mac like FCP X will hint you an error message like this one:

Common Failure Situations

  • Card failed to copy data across on computer
  • CF card formatted in camera or deleted accidentally
  • Last clip on Canon CF card is unplayable. Rest of clips are OK
  • Compact Flash card became corrupt and MXF files were recovered using disk recovery software
  • A full CF card was put in camera instead of a blank one, footage was overwritten with new content before operator could dump the data off of it

How to Copy MXF Files Correctly

In fact, you MUST copy the entire internal card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in Finder). Sony and Canon both have free Image Browser apps that will let you backup your media files.

What to do if the internal card structure of your MXF camcorder is broken?

As we know, FCP X, iMovie, Avid MC and other NLE applications need a correct card structure to read MXF clips. In this case, transcoding MXF files to the format which is compatible with FCP X or other NLE applications natively using a third-party app is a feasible workaround     . 

Generally, Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is the best choice for you. It allows you to grab .MXF files and transcode them into Apple ProRes, DNxHD, Apple InterMediate, MPEG-2, etc. These formats ensure maximum editing quality and efficiency when you work with Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, and other more editing programs. You can batch transcode as many of them as you like. If you want to know more about this software, please read thisreview.

If you want to keep every audio channel with MXF files, you can try our another software - Pavtube iMixMXF. This advanced MXF converter can help you keep all the audio channels during the conversion.


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How to Fix Corrupt MXF files on Mac

Step 1. Add MXF files to the program.

First of all, connect your camcorder to Mac, then transfer MXF files correctly from the camcorder to your Mac. 

Click "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button on the top menu to browse and choose the MXF files you want to convert. You also can drag MXF files to import to this program directly.

Step 2. Choose the preset output format – Apple ProRes

We have prepared the suitable output profile setting for FCP X. Just click the format bar to follow "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the proper format for FCP X. If you need the proper format for Avid MC, Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc, just choose the preset output profile from the list according to your needs.

If you want to know more about Apple ProRes, please check Types of Apple ProRes CodecsApple ProRes Info & Tips,Apple ProRes Specifications.

Step 3. Change output profile parameters.(Optional)

Click "Settings" to open “Profile Settings” window. You are advised to change the number of “Frame Rate(fps)” to 30fps. 

Step 4. Start converting MXF files to Apple ProRes 

Click the big red "Convert" button in the main UI to start converting MXF files to Apple ProRes (*.mov).
You can find your converted MXF videos by clicking "Open" button. 

Hope these tips will save some time for you with broken MXF file structures. So, you can edit MXF videos with FCP X, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. on Mac without any issue.

1. When converting MXF footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

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