Corrupt MXF file - Cannot import into Premiere

Explorer ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Hello there,

I seem to have a corrupt MXF file which cannot be imported into premiere - the other files from the same source are all fine - its just this single file. I have tried opening this in handbrake and VLC and no luck with that. The file itself is about 9GB so I know there must be content on there. Would anyone know of a utility or a way to fix such corrupt files -ideally on a Mac ? many thanks

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Community Beginner , Feb 03, 2019 Feb 03, 2019
After MUCH investigation, we have concluded that changing the file extension from .MXF to .MPG will allow Premiere to successfully import the clip (4k included)!! No converting needed. Insane that it was that simple. Good luck everyone!

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Do you have access to the camera that recorded the file?

If so, can you successfully play the clip on the camera itself?

If you have already copied all the other clips that are working, some cameras have a menu option to try and correct corrupted clips/directory structures on camera media within the camera itself.

You also might try downloading the EditReady free trial and see if it will see the clip:

EditReady : Transcode Any Camera Source Without The Hassle

the free trial will only transcode the first minute or so of the file, but a least you can see if it can read it correctly.

MtD

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Many thanks Meg - the source file was from an auditorium at our recent event. I have tried EditReady etc - I will see what the AV techs say about this - you are probably right - they would be able to study the structure much better than the tools I have - I have opened about 35 MXF files from that source with no problem -many thanks  none the less

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 03, 2019 Feb 03, 2019

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After MUCH investigation, we have concluded that changing the file extension from .MXF to .MPG will allow Premiere to successfully import the clip (4k included)!! No converting needed. Insane that it was that simple. Good luck everyone!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2019 Jul 13, 2019

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Just quick note to say thanks for sharing your fix. It has saved me some time saving a wedding clip with the same problem.

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Participant ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Same problem here and your trick saved my day!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS:I think this is something that should be investigated @ adobe!

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New Here ,
Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019

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Hey cheeky71,

So, did changing the file extension help you with the MXF file? Or was the file corrupted?

It looks like I have a similar issue, but renaming the file deosn't fix it.  

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New Here ,
Dec 27, 2019 Dec 27, 2019

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Just came accross a great guide on how to repair MXF files, might be helpful:
https://restore.media/blog/repair-corrupt-mxf-files

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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I changed the extension from MXF to MPG. It didn't open in Premiere, but it did open in AfterFX, where I was able to play it in full. I'm going to try to export it now to make it a MOV.

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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I was unable to recover the video file by changing the extension. Only the audio played in both Premiere and After Effects

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