Final Cut Express 4 can well work with most of DV tape-based Camcorder, some mini DV tape-based HDV camcorders and AVCHD-based tapeless camcorders. But how about editing MXF footages shot by Canon C300 in FCE? Is the FCE compatible with the MXF file format?
It's a pity that the MXF file format can't be natively supported by Final Cut Express. So it's impossible for you to directly import the Canon C300 1080i MXF files into FCE. In the case, transcoding the MXF to FCE supported file formats comes to be necessary.
It's known to us that the formats supported by FCE include those supported by QuickTime. That's to say, what you need to do is convert the MXF to QuickTime compatible file format such as QuickTime-MOV for Final Cut Express. The article here will show the MXF to Final Cut Express conversion in details.
Firstly, download the MXF to FCE Converter program on your Mac. The MXF Converter for FCE allows you to fast convert any MXF file from Canon C300, XF300, XF305, XF100, XF105, etc for editing in Final Cut Express without quality loss. Anyway, it also has other output presets for you like Final Cut Pro(X), iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro and more. So you can also editing MXF file in FCP, iMovie, etc.
Go to "Add File" to import a single or multiple mxf file(s) to the MXF Converter for FCE
Under the menu of "Profile", choose "Apple application"->"QuickTime" as output application.
Also, you can make settings for video or audio parameters as you like: change the video resolution, bit rate and frame rate of the output file. Achieve it by tapping the "Settings" next to "Profile" menu.
Hit "START" to launch the conversion from Canon C300 MXF to FCE. On the conversion is done, you can directly access to the generated file by default. Then, enjoy editing MXF content in Final Cut Express.