Does the Adobe After Effects support Sony PMW-EX3 MXF footage?

“Hi All.. we are considering picking up a Sony PMW-EX3 as our acquisition camera. However I heared that these Sony PMW-EX3 MXF files can’t work with After Effects natively. Will we need to transcode via Prelude? Thanks…”

“This .MXF files shot on a Sony PMW-EX3 Things were working fine, but suddenly I am unable to open those mxf files in AE CS6. Even projects previously created with AE CS6 now won’t open, and give me the ‘file damaged or unsupported’ error message in AE. Why does this happen? Any help would be much appreciated.”

As above, much to the disappointment of filmmakers that are not familiar with the .mxf format, the footage created with Canon XF Camcorders can’t be imported to After Effect smoothly. If you need to edit Sony PMW-EX3 MXF in Adobe After Effects, you are suggested converting the Sony PMW-EX3 MXF clips to an AE friendly format.

And here the professional and powerful MXF to AE Converter can help you do the job. With it, you can easily transcode Sony PMW-EX3.MXF files to Adobe After Effects accepted AVI, MOV, MPEG or other formats that After Effect can handle well. Below is a quick guide of converting Sony PMW-EX3 .mxf to .mov for editing in After Effects.

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Before processing:

1. Back up/Transfer the Sony PMW-EX3 MXF footage to Mac computer – copy the whole Sony PMW-EX3 video folder to your computer hard drive, not just the individual .mxf files.

2. Install UFUShare Video Converter for Windows or Mac. Click here to download a free trial for test.

Step-by-step Guide: Convert Sony PMW-EX3 .mxf to After Effects supported format with best video quality

Step 1. Launch the Mac Canon MXF Converter for After Effects. Click “Add Video” button and browse to a Sony PMW-EX3 .mxf clip and the software will add it to file list. Repeat the operation to load multiple mxf videos. Or you may click the “Add Folder” button to import all the .mxf files in the Sony PMW-EX3 file structure.

Step 2. Click on “Format” bar and choose choose “MOV(AVC) (.mov)” from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” as the best codec for editing Sony PMW-EX3 MXF file in After Effects.

Tips: You may also use AVI, MP4, MPG, QuickTime mov or any other format that After Effects supports.

Step 3. Click on “Settings” button to redefine output quality. You can also set a different video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), frame rate (24p/30p), bitrate, audio channels, etc. For users who would like to retain exactly the same settings (without any quality loss), set target settings the same to source video.

Step 4. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony PMW-EX3 MXF to MOV for After Effects editing on Mac.

After conversion click “Open Folder” button to find .mov videos and import converted .mov files to Adobe After Effects for editing.

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