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How to turn mxf to mp4?

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Answer # 1 #

MP4 files open in the operating system's default video player. Simply double-clicking the file opens it. There is no need for third-party software. On Windows, it opens in Windows Media Player. On Mac, it opens in QuickTime.

On some devices, particularly mobile, opening this file type can be problematic. MP4 is a container that contains various kinds of data, so when there is a problem opening the file, it usually means that data in the container (an audio or video codec) is not compatible with the device’s OS. To resolve this issue, try VLC media player.

Developed by: Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)

Standard: ISO/IEC 14496

Initial release: 1999

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Jaywant Master
Answer # 2 #

Before we jump to the tutorials for a high-quality 1:1 conversion, little background knowledge on MXF and container format will be helpful.

A container is like a box inside which you can put video stream, audio stream, metadata and subtitles if supported. Converting MXF to MP4 is like swapping the box from MXF to MP4, and re-encoding the media stream when needed.

With professional converters, you can rest assured for the MXF to be changed into MP4, at high quality, with audio and subtitles preserved.

The easiest way to convert MXF to MP4, while maintaining the original quality is using VideoProc Converter. It is a dedicated Video Processing tool developed by Digiarty, Inc., a leading tech company focusing on multimedia solutions.

VideoProc Converter supports 370+ formats, popular or rare, and can remux or transcode them into the format you want: MP4, MOV, MKV, encoded in HEVC, H264, ProRes, etc.

Follow the steps below to change MXF to MP4:

Step 1. Download and install VideoProc Converter for Windows or for Mac.

Step 2. Go to Video from the main interface, and import the MFX video.

Pro Tips :

1. About frame rate: Depending on the recording device and settings, MXF videos can be recorded with different frame rate, such as 59.94i, 23.98p, 29.97p, 25p, 59.94p, 59.94i, 50i, etc. Using VideoProc Converter, in codec settings (gear icon), you have options to keep the original frame rate, or convert it to popular FPS for YouTube and other platforms.

2. About Interlaced MXF videos: Some MXF videos are recorded as interlaced videos. When playing back on a modern-day device, there will be unsightly lines. You can tick the Deinterlace option in VideoProc Converter upon conversion.

Step 3. Select MP4 as the output format.

Depending on different usage, you can use the presets in VideoProc Converter. They are pre-configured for various situations using the most suitable parameters.

Step 4. Hit RUN to convert MXF to MP4.

Watch Video Tutorial to Convert MXF to MP4

If you have a single MXF sample file, small in size, and you cannot open the MXF on Mac or Windows, online converters are good choices. These tools usually have file size limitations, thus less desirable for large MXF files from recorders and camcorders.

The best 4 MXF online converters are as follows:

CloudConvert is an online converter for video, audio, image and document conversion. It is founded by Lunaweb GmbH, located in Germany. CloudConvert started its operation in 2012, with online converting tools catering for end users and corporate customers.

Convert MXF to MP4 Using CloudConvert

Step 1. Visit and import your MXF file.

Step 2. Select MP4 as the output format from the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Click the wrench icon to manage transcoding settings.

Step 4. Click Convert to change MXF to MP4.

The online converter will start to upload your MXF file to the server, converting it over the cloud, and providing you an MP4 file ready to download.

Cloudconvert allows for 25 conversions every day, and the file size is limited to 1GB per file. If your file is larger than 1GB, you need a package or subscription, starting from $9 with 500 conversions per day. Else you will see a "File Too Large" error.

Convertio is another trust-worthy MXF to MP4 converter online. It supports 300+ types of files for conversion, and is used by more than 10 million users worldwide. Convertio also has a Chrome extension to convert files from one format into another.

Convert MXF to MP4 Using Convertio

Step 1. Visit and drag-n-drop the MXF file into the browser.

Step 2. Enter MP4 as the format to convert to.

Step 3. Click the gear icon if you want to manage detailed settings.

You can use video codec such as H.264, H.265, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP9 and XVID in Convertio.

Step 4. Click Convert or save the output file to DropBox or Google Drive.

For free accounts, convertio allows for a maximum of 100MB file size. For paid users, there are plans of $9.99 for 500MB, $14.99 for 1GB, $25.99 for unlimited file size. Based on your MXF file size, you can choose plans accordingly, or use other video converters listed in this article.

FreeFileConvert online tool has been around since 2008, supporting 8000+ types of media files and documents. It remains free to use since day one, and allows users to convert 5 files every time, with a combined size up to 300MB. If your MXF file is smaller than that, you can use FreeFileConvert to change MXF to MP4.

The steps are the same as using other online conversion tools, except that this tool doesn't have codec settings. Based on our test, it uses MPEG-4 as the video codec for MP4 output. Another thing to notice is, the uploaded files must be of the same extension for every batch task. For instance, you cannot upload MXF and MOV at the same time for MP4 conversion in a batch.

After conversion, you can delete the video file from its server.

Like FreeFileConvert, the OnlineConvert tool also uses MPEG-4 for the video stream in MXF to MP4 conversion. You can upload the MXF file from the local drive to its server, or import the file from DropBox or Google Drive.

Before starting the conversion, you can set parameters for the output video, such as video bitrate, frame rate, audio channel, etc. You can also opt to crop, rotate or flip the video upon transcoding.

OnlineConvert supports 100MB file size per time, if your MXF file is larger than that, you will be directed to an upgrade page, plans are starting from $7.99 for 1GB. Compared to other converters, the plan is less competitive if you only want to transcode MXF to MP4. If you also have other file types to convert, such as digital books or PDF, the plan could be a bargain then.

If you happen to have VLC installed on your computer as the media player, you can use it as a converter to change .mxf to MP4 video file. This free open-source player has a transcoding option hidden in the menu, follow the tutorial below:

Step 1. Launch VLC and go to menu > Media > Convert/Save.

The shortcut for the Convert/Save Window is Ctrl+R.

Step 2. Add the MXF file from your local disk by clicking the Add button, and click Open.

Step 3. In the bottom right corner, select Convert (shortcut Alt+O) from the dropdown menu.

Step 4. In the Profile section, choose Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4).

Step 5. Designate a destination folder for the output video.

Step 6. Click Start to convert MXF file to MP4.

VLC works nicely for most of the time with common files. However, since video streams and other data wrapped in the MXF file can be very different, errors may crop up from time to time.

There are users complaining VLC doesn't support the Closed Captioning in MXF, or the audio is choppy or missing after conversion, or the video goes black.

If changing video output preferences to Direct3d or OpenGL cannot fix certain errors, you can follow the tutorial in part 1 and use the professional video converter to better handle MXF conversion.

Although Adobe Premiere and After Effects support MXF officially, there are MXF files importing errors from time to time. If you are searching methods to transcode MXF to MP4 for video editing in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, etc, you can use Adobe Media Encoder.

Manually Convert MXF to MP4 by Adding Files to the Queue

Step 1. Launch Adobe Media Encoder, and add the MXF video by clicking + in the top left corner.

Step 2. Choose the video from your local folder, and add it to the queue.

Step 3. Select MP4 as the export preset for the video.

Step 4. Select an output folder location.

You can repeat Step 3-4 to add multiple video files to the queue.

Step 5. Click the Green Play icon to start conversion.

Automatically Convert MXF to MP4 with Watch Folder in Media Encoder

If you have lots of MXF files to deal with from day to day, you can create a watch folder. As its name suggests, this watch folder basically watches out whenever you add a file into it, and executes the conversion or any task predesignated by you.

For instance, you can create a folder on the desktop, set it as a watch folder in Media Encoder, and designate the output format as MP4. Whenever you add new video files into that folder on the desktop (MXF files for this case), Media Encoder can detect it and add it to the queue for the MXF to MP4 conversion.

Step 1. Create a watch folder in Media Encoder.

The watch folder panel is at the bottom right section of the main screen.

Click the + icon to select a folder from your Mac/Windows computer as the watch folder. You can also create a new folder on your computer, and designate it as the watch folder.

Step 2. Choose the desired codec and preset for the output video.

In this case, use MPEG-4 or H264 for MP4 video. For presets, choose one that is suitable for your situation. For instance, you can choose YouTube 1080p if your source video is 1080p, and you intend to upload the video to YouTube after conversion.

You can add multiple presets for the watch folder. If you do so, Media Encoder will output the video into several versions as defined by the presets.

Step 3. Add MXF video to the watch folder, and you shall see it appears in the queue in the top right corner.

Step 4. Click the Green Play button to start conversion.

If the MXF file on your computer is displayed as an unknown file type, don't worry, it is simply a video file that can be opened by media players, video converters, or certain video editing software.

If you want to playback the MXF file, you can use the VLC media player to open it. For maximum compatibility, you can use VideoProc Converter to open it and convert the MXF file to MP4.

iMovie doesn't support MXF files well. Some Sony users complain that iMovie won't import the MXF file from the camcorder, or the audio is missing. To edit an MXF file in iMovie efficiently, you can use VideoProc Converter to convert MXF to MP4, or better still, remux the MXF to ProRes, which is an editing-friendly codec.

Currently, YouTube doesn't support MXF format for uploading. You will encounter uploading error if you video stream is wrapped inside the .mxf container. The best solution is to convert MXF to MP4, as the latter is the most compatible format for YouTube.

Björn Shada
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Answer # 3 #
  • Visit and drag-n-drop the MXF file into the browser.
  • Enter MP4 as the format to convert to.
  • Click the gear icon if you want to manage detailed settings. You can use video codec such as H.
  • Click Convert or save the output file to DropBox or Google Drive.
Alaya Nambeesan
Answer # 4 #

MXF is not a popular format that is supported by most devices and programs. For example, you can't edit or play MXF files with iMovie and other popular video editors. If you want to play the MXF file on your desired players, which don't support the MXF file, you can convert MXF to MP4. In this post, you will learn about five free and efficient methods to convert MXF to MP4 on Windows PC, Mac, and online.

MXF is an abbreviation for English Material Exchange Format, a professional audio and video media file format defined by SMPTE (American Society of Film and Television Engineers) organization. It is mainly used in media production, editing, distribution, and storage in the film and television industry.

MXF video format is not supported by popular video editing software like Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio, Ulead DVD MovieFactory, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Sony Vegas.

Given this situation, we wish to make the following proposals. You can use VLC Media Player or XFReader to open MXF Video Format. If you do not want to download a new player, you'd better convert MXF to MP4 or any accessible format.

There are 3 programs for Windows users to convert MXF to MP4 quickly. They are EaseUS Video Converter, EaseUS Video Editor, and Adobe Media Encoder. Read this part to learn how to convert MXF to MP4 on your Windows computers.

If you are looking for a professional MXF to MP4 converter, you can take a look at EaseUS Video Converter. This program supports more than 1000 audio and video formats, 30 times faster conversion speed, up to 8k resolution, etc., which will help you easily change your media file formats in high quality.

Moreover, this software makes it possible to extract audio from video in one simple click. With its help, you are able to detach background music from your favorite video and save it to any audio format to play on any music player.


Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your PC, and choose the "Video Converter." Click on the "Choose Files" button to import the video you want to convert. It also allows you to drag and drop the video to import it.

Step 2. Click on the "Settings" option to select the target format. You can choose MP4 as the output format and adjust the resolution and bitrate properly.

Step 3. Customize the folder to save the MP4 video after conversion. Two buttons are available to converter the file. The "Convert" button can help you convert one video, while the "Convert All" button can process a batch of videos.

Step 4. In the "Finished" tab, you can find the converted MP4 video. If you want to preview it, click on the "Open" button to activate the built-in media player.

EaseUS Video Editor is a fantastic video editor for beginners and pros as well as a powerful video converter for Windows 10. It allows you to convert file formats easily and quickly, as it supports many key video and audio formats. Moreover, you can create a stunning movie with its abundant editing tools.

Key features:

Convert MXF to MP4 using EaseUS Video Editor by following the tutorial steps:

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the file to the track as you want.

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.

Step 4. Save as MP4

Under the "Video" tab, choose MP4 as the desired video file format.

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings, and then click "Export".

Adobe Media Encoder is a video media trans-coding utility developed and marketed by Adobe through Adobe Creative Cloud. It can help you convert MXF to MP4 in the following steps.

Step 1. In the top left corner, click "+" to import the MXF file that you want to convert.

Step 2. Choose H.264 as the output file format.

Step 3. Click on the words listed in the Preset column to launch the Export Settings window. Then choose the quality of your converted file.

Step 4. Click the "Output File" to choose the saving location of your converted file and change a new name for it.

Step 5. After all down, Press the green play button located in the top-right corner of the queue to convert your video. Then you can get the MP4 version file.

Below are two pieces of free software for Mac users to convert MXF to MP4. You can check the following detailed tutorial steps.

VLC is an open-source media player. It is not just an excellent tool for playing videos; it can do many other things, like converting videos into different formats. Since it is compatible with most OS that we commonly use, you can use it to finish the conversion on your Mac efficiently.

Check out the following steps to convert MXF to MP4 with VLC:

Step 1. Install and open VLC.

Step 2. Import MXF file. In the top left corner, click "Media"> "Convert/Save".

Step 3. Choose the "Add" button to select the MXF file that you want to convert. Then from the Convert/Save dropdown at the bottom, click "Convert."

Step 4. Select the format from the Profile dropdown menu. Click "Browse" to choose the destination where you want to save the converted file. After that, click "Start." A few moments later, you will get an MP4 version.

HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. With HandBrake, you can convert videos in nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. It is a good option for you to convert MXF to MP4.

Below are the tutorial steps to convert MXF to MP4 with HandBrake:

Step 1. Download and install HandBrake.

Step 2. Open HandBrake and Click "Source" to choose the MXF file that you need to convert.

Step 3. Click "Browse" to choose the location where your converted file will be saved. Then select "MP4 File" as the output file format.

Step 4. At last, click "Start" to convert MXF to MP4. You will get an MP4 version later.

Apart from offline software, you also can convert MXF to MP4 by online converters.

CloudConvert is one of the most popular online MXF to MP4 converters. It supports nearly any audio, video, image, and document format. Using it, you can convert MXF to MP4 without installing software. Now let's see how it works to convert MXF to MP4.

Here are steps to convert MXF to MP4 with CloudConvert:

Step 1. Upload your MXF files to CloudConvert.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as the output format.

Step 3. Click "Convert" and download the MP4 version a few minutes later.

This post shows you five programs to convert MXF to MP4, including offline software and online tools. You can find the right software that works best for you. Among those programs, we strongly advise you to use EaseUS Video Editor if you are a Windows user.

EaseUS Video Editor is an all-in-one video editor. It not only allows you to convert your files but edit your videos with a few clicks. You can add over 300 filters, overlays, transitions, and elements to make your video stand out. After that, you can directly share your amazing videos on social media platforms. All in all, EaseUS Video Editor is definitely worth a try.

There are some questions related to converting MXF to MP4. You can have a look.

1. What is an MXF file?

MXF stands for "Material eXchange Format." It is a container format that stores video, audio, and metadata. This video file format supports full-time code and metadata, which allows professional use of the video contents, especially in TV broadcasting.

2. How do I convert MXF files?

To convert MXF files, you need to download and install EaseUS Video Editor.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor and import the MXF file.

Step 2. Drag and drop the file to the timeline. Here, you can edit your video with many editing tools.

Step 3. Click "Export" and choose the "MP4" button. Then select the "Export" button, you will convert MXF files successfully.

3. Is MXF better than MP4?

Yes. It's better in some ways.