Canon XF100 to Apple ProRes

As lossless as I can manage it.

I have finally figured out a way to process my raw Canon XF100 video files into Apple ProRes. I'm not satisfied with Final Cut Pro's log-and-transfer function, because that seems to require the footage to be transfered directly from the camera/card. I want to hold on to the original MXF files and be able to process them at my leisure.

This depends on using both ffmpeg, and qt_export.

It turns out that while ffmpeg is able to decode the MXF files, it isn't able to encode to ProRes. And while qt_export is able to encode to ProRes, but can not decode the MXF. We could save an intermediate fully uncompressed, but that will make the footage take up 20 times as much space.

Instead, we need to convert to an intermediate which is completely lossless (i.e. we do not want to transcode the MPEG2 video contained within the MXF) and that both tools can work with. For some reason that I am not adept enough to understand we need to do this in an AVI container, not MOV.

The commands I have been using look roughly like:

ffmpeg -i input.MXF -vtag mpg2 -vcodec copy -acodec copy temp.avi
qt_export --video=apcn --audio=alac temp.avi
rm temp.avi

Ideally I would like to pipe this through a fifo (or similar), but I don't think that ffmpeg can write the AVI format to a file it can not seek in.

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