MXF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MXF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MXF files.

What is a MXF file?

MXF is an acronym for for Material Exchange Format. The MXF file format was designed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Files that contain the .mxf file extension are often referred to as the digital equivalent of video tape. These files contain video and audio data as well as other data bitstreams. They can be used in video recorders, cameras and on computers.

The MXF file format is a container format and MXF files can be converted into other video formats when needed. However, the proper video codec must be present in order to play the video that is contained in the MXF container file.

How to open MXF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MXF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MXF openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MXF

While we know of one file format using the .MXF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MXF file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MXF files. Remember, different programs may use MXF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
FLV and Media PlayerFLV and Media PlayerUser submitted
TS PlayerTS PlayerUser submitted
Pro ToolsPro ToolsUser submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
GuPlayerGuPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MXF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MXF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!