Apple has dropped an update for Pro Video Formats 2.0.4, a 5 MB update that enables importing, editing and exporting of Materials eXchange Format (MXF) files with Final Cut Pro X and its slick friends, Motion and Compressor
MXF isn’t strictly video either. It also deals with audio and in several ways its quite similar to QuickTime. MXF files also contain metadata about frame rate, frame size, and custom data from film makers.
In its support documents, Apple specified that Pro Video Formats 2.0 allowed Final Cut Pro to read MXF metadata and preserve it during the editing process.
You can also include MXF metadata when exporting a video file in the OP1a format. In addition, Compressor can take an existing video or audio file and transform it into an MXF file for digital delivery.
What’s new in Pro Video Formats 2.0.4
The update includes support for professional video codecs, and more:
What’s New in Version 2.0.4
• Support for AVC-LongG, XAVC, and XF-AVC
Pro Video Formats includes support for the following professional video codecs:
• Apple Intermediate Codec
• Apple ProRes
• DVCPRO HD
• XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
• MPEG IMX
• Uncompressed 4:2:2
Pro Video Formats also includes the following MXF support:
• Native import, edit, and share of MXF files with Final Cut Pro X and Motion
• MXF share presets for Compressor
• MXF OP1a export
How to install
Video professionals who need to update and already have Final Cut Pro, Motion and/or Compressor installed, can find it in the Mac App Store’s update tab. You can also install the package on its own from Apple Support Download or Softpedia
Pro Video Formats 2.0 is a free download that take up about 5MB on your hard drive. Apple’s Support site says the only supported language is Spanish, but that’s actually not accurate. It also supports English, French, German, and even Chinese.