MXF to PowerDirector - Edit Sony PXW-FX9 MXF in PowerDirector 19/365/18/17/16

Sony has announced the PXW-FX9 Full-Frame camera, The Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K full-frame camera system appears to combine the popular FX7 with some of the improved technology from the manufacturer’s Venice and Alpha camera lines. The camera can record UHD and HD internally at a selectable frame rate from 1 fps up to 60 fps in XAVC-I, XAVC-Long, and MPEG HD formats. Its 7-stop electronic variable ND filter can perform in auto or manual mode, smoothly adjusting from 1/4 to 1/128 density. The camera’s default S-Cinetone color look offers the same soft, vivid tone as with Sony’s VENICE camera.

As far as we know, since PowerDirector 19 has added the XAVC format support, but plug-in is needed. What’s the basic reason we can’t import Sony PXW-FX9 clips to PowerDirector directly? Actually, it’s due to the codec incompatibility. The PowerDirector footage is mostly encoded with XAVC-I format which does not work well with video editing software except for few ones. Therefore, if you want to edit Sony PXW-FX9 MXF in PowerDirector, the best way is to convert XAVC-I MXF files to H.264 MP4, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with PowerDirector 19 or PowerDirector 365.

While looking for solutions to import Sony PXW-FX9 MXF footage to PowerDirector on Windows 10, I downloaded and tried several converters. Only Acrok Video Converter Ultimate works for me. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple MXF videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion. Download the program and you can edit MXF in PowerDirector smoothly as you wish. In addition, the program can also help you transcode any video files to Apple ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2 for smoothly editing with Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro, etc.

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For guys who may find it difficult to import and edit Sony PXW-FX9 recordings on Windows 10, here is the fast guide to merge and convert Sony PXW-FX9 MXF to H.264 MP4 for PowerDirector 19, 18, 17, 16 and PowerDirector 365.

Guide on convering MXF to MP4 for importing into PowerDirector

Step 1: Load MXF video files
Run the bes MXF to PowerDirector Converter and click Add File button to load Sony PXW-FX9 footage for conversion.

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Step 2. Choose PowerDirector best supported format.
Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to 4K > 4K MP4 Video (*.mp4) as output format. The Sony PXW-FX9 MXF Converter will convert XAVC-I to H.264 MP4 MOV with high quality. You also can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4).

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Step 3. Edit Sony PXW-FX9 MXF videos. (optional)
Select the file you want to trim and click the “Edit” button, you will face the Edit window with original video and output video preview. You can enter exact time point as the set in and set out for trimming.

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Step 4. Start video conversion.
When you finish all settings, click the “Convert” button to start the Sony PXW-FX9 MXF to H.264 .mp4 conversion. After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MP4 files effortlessly. Now, it’s much easy for you to add Sony PXW-FX9 files to PowerDirector for further editing.

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