What is a .MXF File And How To Open It – SMPTE (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .mxf extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .mxf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .MXF file?

The file extension .MXF comes from Material Exchange Format File. This file extension belongs to the developer SMPTE. The format of this file is binary, and it is a video related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .mxf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .MXF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .MXF file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .MXF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .mxf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools and VideoLAN VLC media player software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MXF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Avid Media Composer software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MXF file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .mxf file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple QuickTime Player, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, VideoLAN VLC media player and Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MXF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MXF file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .mxf file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MXF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the VideoLAN VLC media player software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .MXF file?

If you are still unable to open the .MXF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .MXF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .mxf – Electronic Arts. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MXF file with the Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Windows, Aiseesoft MXF Converter for Mac, Apple QuickTime Player, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac and VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux.