Play MXF Files with VLC Media Player

VLC is rated and claimed as the most powerful media player that can play most of the multimedia files. However, a lot of people reflects that VLC fail to open MXF files shot with Panasonic P2/Sony XDCAM/Canon XF camcorder or exported from Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio or Avid Media Composer.

Why VLC fails to playback MXF files?

Although VLC has included playback support for MXF files, however, it is well known that MXF is a “container” or “wrapper” format which supports a number of streams encoded in any of a variety of video and audio compression formats. VLC can play MXF file formats “out of the box” using FFmpeg’s library, if the MXF contains a codec that is not supported through FFmpeg’s library, you will then fail to open the MXF files with VLC.

Convert unsupported MXF for VLC playback

To get any MXF files played on VLC with no problems, here, a powerful MXF Converter- Pavtube Video Converter is highly recommended to you. The program has full support for all MXF files shot with Panasonic P2/Sony XDCAM/Canon XF or exported from Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio or Avid Media Composer. You can load multiple MXF files into the program for conversion at one time to save your precious time thanks to its batch conversion mode.

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With the program, you can efficiently convert MXF files to VLC media player best compatible video file formats such as H.264 MP4 and audio file formats like AAC with best conversion speed and perfect output file quality. To get better output file quality, you can flexibly adjust output video and audio profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

For Mac users, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to fix VLC MXF playback issues on macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite and Mac OS X Mavericks.

Step by Step to Convert MXF for VLC Playback

Step 1: Load MXF files into the program.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source MXF video files into the program.

Load MXF files into the program

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select VLC best compatible file formats “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Choose output file format

Step 3: Adjust output profile settings.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, in audio section, from “Codec” drop-down list, select VLC media player best compatible codec “AAC”, you can also change other settings according to your own needs.

Output VLC best compatible audio codec

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported MXF to VLC Media Player best compatible video and audio file formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files.

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