Make Sony XDCAM HD MXF Compatible for Editing/Playing on Mac

How to make XDCAM HD MXF compatible on Mac for editing and playing, even on Yosemite will be talked in this article. For playing back on Mac in free media player like QuickTime and editing on NLEs like Final Cut Pro, MOV, ProRes may be the final solution.


XDCAM is a series of products for digital recording using random access solid-state memory media, in the product lines, XDCAM HD is one of them, differ in types of encoder, frame size, container type and recording media. MXF is the container of XDCAM HD, which is not friendly on Mac. So is there any approach to deal with XDCAM HD MXF compatible with Mac problem to make the playing and editing easier? I think we need some good MXF tips to help us a lot.

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Here you can find this Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac to be the final solution. This converter will free you from the dilemma, and allow you to playback or editing your XDCAM HD MXF files easily. With the inner decoder, you can simply load your HD MXF files into this app and don’t need to reinstall any other codec package. Also, with multiple presets, no matter you want to playback or editing your MXF files on Mac, this can all be done easily.

Detailed workflow of how to make XDCAM HD MXF compatible with Mac, even on Yosemite.

Step 1. Free download this MXF Converter for Mac

The only difference between the trail version and the retail version is the watermark “Pavtube” in the middle of the converted files by trail version. After the installation, click “File”>”Add Video/Audio” to load your files. You can highlight it for a preview.



Some users may encounter the “unidentified developer” problem during the installation. Here please follow these steps and everything will be OK:

1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu

2. Choose “Security & Privacy” and then click the “General” tab, followed by clicking the lock icon in the corner to unlock the settings

3. Look for “Allow applications downloaded from” and choose “Mac App Store and identified developers”

4. Accept the security warning and allow

5. You can now launch any app from any location or developer

This won’t make your Mac vulnerable, if you still worry about the security of your Mac, you can reset your settings to original for sure.

Step 2. Choose proper format for XDCAM HD MXF files for playing or editing

For playback on Mac, you can choose “MOV – QuickTime (*.mov)” for playback, which will make the playback very smoothly even on Yosemite system.


Free media players recommend : QuickTime, VLC

Tips: For editing on Mac, you have plenty choices, this depends on your NLEs, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac has presets for all those NLEs to assist new users continue their editing workflow smoothly, and don’t have to struggle with the setting parameters thing. Save time and ease the conversion for users.

Step 3. Adjust parameters if you need

As for the users, who want to enjoy the raw videos on Mac, they may skip this step for the default settings are already adjusted the most suitable parameter for you. But for some users who want to upload their videos online or do the following editing, they can click “Settings” to adjust bit rate, frame rate, etc to downscale file size for fast uploading speed.

Step 4. Start to convert XDCAM HD MXF for compatible with Mac

Now everything has been settled, and don’t forget to set the file location. And click “Open” when you finish your conversion to check your converted files.

Useful Tips:

Merge into one file—If you have plenty of clips, and want to enjoy them at one time, you can choose all files you want to join together, then click “Merge into one file” before conversion.

Split videos—In the main UI, you can click the “Split” button to slip your videos by count, length, size as you want

Audio missing problem—For some users, they say that when preview the clips, there is no audio showed up which can correctly playback on the local media player. Here is one way you can try, click the “Properties” button, then select the Audio Stream ID to another one, this may help.

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