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Nano Flash Workflow - How to Import nanoFlash MXF to Avid Media Composer on Mac


    nanoFlash is a revolutionary solid-state HD/SD recorder/player that uniquely utilizes the very highquality Sony XDCAM 4:2:2 CODEC to write native Quicktime, MXF (video/audio/time-code), or MPG files onto affordable Compact Flash media. If you use nanoFlash with your camcorder, you can export QuickTime files or MXF files to a flash card. It is great for camcorders without too much space for storage. And editing the nanoFlahs with a NLE like Avid Media Composer is a nice choice, but you face too many limitations.

    Compatibility: nanoFlash with Avid Media Composer (3.1.1 or better)

    - I-Frame only formats are supported (MXF files).
    - Long-GOP formats up to 50 Mbit are supported. (Also 80 Mbit appears to be supported (ver1.5.31).) Long-GOP 100 Mbit and above is not yet supported.
    - Standard Def is supported.
    - Video formats 720p24 / 25 / 30: not supported at 50 Mbit or above. (ver1.5.31)
    - With the release of Media Composer patch or greater, support has been added within Avid for AMA linking to nanoFlash MXF files (HD files only – SD files can only be brought into Avid using theFile->Import method). This allows direct access to files without the need to import (copy in) the files.
    - Within Avid, this is accessed in the Avid menu File->Link to AMA Files. Patch or greater can be found in the Avid download center. (ver1.6.226)
    - For Media Composer 5.5 or greater, to use the AMA feature with nanoFlash MXF files requires installation of Avid's AMA MXF plug-in.

    From above we know, to handle nanoFlash MXF files in Avid MC, you need a new version, and even if you got the Media Composer 5.5 or later, you still need a plug-in to finish the work. And the worst of all, sometimes the plug-in can not help you concatenate MXF files from NanoFlash. It’s really painful experience. So, how would you import the nanoFlash MXF to Avid Media Composer then? Is there any quick fix?

    Well, to fix the issue, the best way is to transform the nanoFlash MXF to Media Composer natively supported DNxHD format, since MXF is not an ideal editing format for Avid MC. Brorsoft MXF to Avid Converter for Mac is recommended here, which can help you accomplish it effortlessly. With it, you can fast convert nanoFlash MXF to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer without quality loss in a fast speed on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion included). Plus, this Mac MXF converter also support transcoding MXF files from Sony/Canon/Panasonic camcorders to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro, iMovie, FCE, etc NLE system. Now download this program and follow the guide below to complete you task.

    First of all, free download Brorsoft MXF to MOV Converter for Mac:

    download_mac.gif ( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

    How to convert nanoFlash MXF to DNxHD for Avid MC on Mac

    Step 1. Run the nanoFlash MXF to Avid converter, and click the "Add" button to load nanoFlash .mxf videos for conversion. If you would like to join all the selected files together, check the box of “Merge into one”.


    Step 2. Click “Format” bar to determine output format. The program offers particular output formats for Avid. Just click the format bar and choose “Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov)”.


    Tip- Quality Set: You can click “Settings” if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.

    Step 3. Click the convert button below the preview window, and the conversion from nanoFlash MXF to DNxHD .mov for Avid Media Composer starts immediately.

    After the conversion is finished, just run Avid MC and import the converted nanoFlash MXF files for editing. You will find the output video work perfectly on Avid.

    You can get more MXF/P2 MXF importing and editing solutions both on Mac and Wins from Brorsoft MXF Colum.

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