How to Convert MXF Files
You’ve probably come across audio or video files in the MXF format. This type of file is generally created by video recorders and cameras by companies like Canon and Sony.
MXF is short for Material Exchange Format, which is used by professional recording devices to store digital video and audio.
Unfortunately, this format may not be easy to open on a PC or mobile device. If it won't, you’d better convert MXF to MP4, MOV (QuickTime Video), AVI, WMV, or another popular video format.
When dealing with MXF files, you may encounter one of these problems.
Your device won’t open an MXF file
Some mobile devices and media players don’t support MXF. In this case, you should convert the file to a more universally accepted format with the help of a special conversion tool.
MXF files take up too much space
MXF files can be very large, so you can convert them to another format and thus reduce the size of your video archive.
You can’t upload a video to YouTube
YouTube doesn’t support MXF videos. But don’t worry! All you need to do is to convert the file to MP4 or another format supported by YouTube.
In this article, you’ll find the information on the following topics:
How to Convert MXF to MP4 and Other Popular Formats
To transform media files, you’ll need an MXF converter. We recommend you use Movavi Video Converter – with this multi-function, easy-to-use program, converting MXF files is as simple as it can be. Just download the appropriate version of the program for Windows or Mac and follow the short guide below.
Install the MXF Converter
Run the file you’ve just downloaded and follow the on-screen installation instructions.
Add an MXF Video for Conversion
Launch the MXF-to-MP4 converter and click the Add Media button and then Add Video. Select one or more MXF files to convert to another format.
Choose the Format You Need
Click on the Video tab and choose the desired output video format. If you want to convert an MXF file for viewing on a mobile device, open the Devices tab and find the appropriate preset for your device. You can do a quick search by entering the target format or device into the search bar.
The best way to select the appropriate preset is by connecting your device to the system and clicking the Cell Phone icon.
Convert MXF to MP4
Click Save to and choose the destination folder for your converted file(s); you can stay with the default folder or change to a different one. To start converting your files from MXF to MP4, click Convert.
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MXF vs. MP4: A Comparison
The main difference between these two formats is what they are typically used for. MXF stands for Material Exchange Format and was designed for professional television use; some cameras also record video files in this format. MP4 (more formally known as MPEG-4 Part 14) was designed by the Moving Picture Experts Group for everyday usage. That’s why MP4 files are a lot easier to come by and work with. For more details of the MP4 vs. MXF comparison, take a look at the table below.
|Developer||Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers||Moving Picture Experts Group|
|Video codecs||MPEG-1,2,4, H.264, DV, uncompressed, others||H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG‑4, others|
|Audio codecs||AAC, MP3, AC‑3, PCM, others||AAC, MP3, AC‑3, ALAC, ALS, SLS, others|
|Usage||Broadcasting programs and advertisements on TV, storing video recordings from Canon and Sony cameras||Storing video data and streaming videos over the Internet|
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the YouTube Help Center, YouTube doesn’t support MXF files. So, if you want to upload an MXF-format media file to YouTube, you need to convert it to a different format, for example, MP4.
Here’s how to convert MXF to MOV with Movavi Video Converter:
- Install and launch the program.
- Drag-and-drop an MXF video file into the program window.
- Click Video, open the MOV preset group, and select the desired preset.
- Click Convert.
The reason why MXF files are larger than MP4 or MOV is that they usually contain higher-quality video. Since MXF files are used for television, they are compressed using a higher bitrate than regular MOVs and MP4s. However, this only really matters if you want the recording for professional use. If you’re just storing videos on your computer to watch later and MXF files take up too much space, convert the files to а different format or lower the video bitrate.
It depends on the video codec an MXF file is encoded with. MXF files can hold RAW-format footage, but also MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4 – one of the lossy-type codecs. So, to find out if your MXF file is lossless or not, you have to look deeper into the information on your file.
No, Windows Media Player does not support MXF. To get around this issue, you can install a different player or convert the file to a more widely used format (MP4, for example).