Working with IMX in Final Cut Pro

There are several steps for importing and editing IMX video in Final Cut Pro. Because IMX is an MXF-based format, you need third-party software to extract MPEG-2 IMX media from its MXF container and store it in QuickTime media files.

  1. Stage 1: Transferring IMX Media to Your Computer

    IMX media is stored within MXF files, so the first step is to transfer the MXF files containing your IMX media to your computer hard disk. Depending on the media format you are using, you can use a Sony IMX VTR, XDCAM player, or any other device that supports MXF file transfers. For more information about transferring IMX media to your computer, see the documentation that came with your deck.

  2. Stage 2: Importing MXF-Wrapped IMX Media Files into Your Project

    Once you have MXF files on your hard disk, you need to extract the IMX MPEG-2 media data and store it within QuickTime media files. This process requires a third-party plug-in that extends the ability of Final Cut Pro to import MXF-encoded media. Once your IMX media has been converted from MXF to QuickTime media files, you can import the QuickTime media files into Final Cut Pro.

  3. Stage 3: Choosing an IMX Easy Setup

    After you convert MXF files to QuickTime media files containing IMX MPEG-2 media, you need to choose a sequence preset (or corresponding Easy Setup) that is compatible with your IMX format. Final Cut Pro includes Easy Setups for real-time editing using 30, 40, or 50 Mbps NTSC or PAL IMX media.

  4. Stage 4: Editing Your IMX Clips into a Sequence

    No special features or settings are necessary for editing IMX in Final Cut Pro. As with any other format, you simply need to make sure your Easy Setup matches the format of the footage you are editing.

  5. Stage 5: Exporting IMX QuickTime Media Files

    When you finish editing your sequence, you can export a QuickTime movie using the corresponding NTSC or PAL IMX codec.