MXF File Format

Watch for incompatibility between platforms.

Material Exchange Format (MXF) is a digital video and audio container format. Manufacturers like Sony, Avid, Apple and Panasonic use MXF format for media recording. Although MXF was designed to provide maximum compatibility between different platforms different manufacturers have implemented the format in various ways causing a lack of compatibility.

The key word is “container” format. An MXF container will be read by any device that supports MXF but it may not necessarily know what to do with the contents. If attempting to use MXF between platforms of different manufacturers as a part of your workflow make sure you conduct tests before starting the job.