What is MXF?
Material Exchange Format
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The MXF format (Material Exchange Format) was created by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, or SMPTE. MXF was designed to optimize workflow across multiple platforms (cameras, equipment, servers), so it is well-suited for the professional use of digital content, such as TV broadcasting. We’ve provided specifications for the MXF file type below.
An MXF file can contain captured video, audio, metadata, and timecodes. Broadcasting systems use MXF in coordination with AAF – Advanced Authoring Format. AAF is another file format used by professionals for the cross-platform interchange of multimedia data. As the MXF format is intended for professional use, most MXF files won’t play on your computer in regular players. If you still need to know what’s inside an MXF, below we’ve listed some of the programs that support the playback of MXF files. Refer to this list if you’re not sure how to open these videos.
VLC and QuickTime Player