Recording MP4 Video Files (XF200 / XF205)

Article ID: ART116665 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 02/20/2024


Recording MP4 Video Files (XF200 / XF205)



This section explains the recording basics for MP4 clips.
"Clip" refers to a single movie unit recorded with a single recording operation.


Inserting SD cards


. Make sure the SD card access indicator is off.
. Open the SD card slot cover.
. Insert the SD card, with the label facing up, all the way into the SD card slot until it clicks.
. Close the SD card slot cover.
  • Do not force the cover closed if the SD card is not correctly inserted.
  • Observe the following precautions while the SD card access indicator is on or flashing. Failure to do so may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not remove the SD card.
  • SD cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable. Inserting an SD card facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the SD card as described in the procedure above.
  • Be sure to save your recordings regularly, especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
  • Preventing data from being erased accidentally
SD cards: SD cards have a physical switch to prevent writing on the card so as to avoid the accidental erasure of the cards content. To write-protect the SD card, set the switch to the LOCK position.
: [LOCK] switch
  • SD card access indicator
On or flashing: The card is being accessed.
Off: The card is not being accessed or no card is inserted.


Select the video format

MP4 Video Format



Bit rate Resolution Audio bit rate Frame rate
59.94P 29.97P 23.98P
35 Mbps 1920×±080 256 kbps   - -
24 Mbps -    
17 Mbps 1280×·20 128 kbps   - -
9 Mbps -    
3 Mbps* 640׳60 -    
* Only when the movie format is set to MXF+MP4


1. Hold down the button on the <POWER> switch and slide the switch to <CAMERA>.



  • The camcorder turns on, and enters record pause mode (STBY).
The access indicators of card slots with recording media will illuminate momentarily in red.



2. Press the <MENU> button.



3. Select the movie format.
Push the joystick up/down to select [ Other Functions] -> [Movie Format].
Select [MP4] then press <SET>.
: Joystick
: In the following procedures, 'Press <SET>' refers to the action of pressing the joystick straight down to select the desired setting.

A CF card must be inserted to record [MXF (CF)+MP4] clips.



4. Select the bit rate and resolution.
Select [ Other Functions] -> [MP4] -> [Bit Rate/Resolution].
Select the desired option and then press <SET>.
  • The selected bit rate and resolution will appear on the upper right of the screen. However, when the movie format is set to MXF+MP4,only the bit rate and resolution of the MXF clips will appear on the screen.



5. Select the Frame Rate.
Select [ Other Functions] -> [MP4] -> [Frame Rate].
Select the desired option then press <SET>.
The selected frame rate will appear on the upper right of the screen.
When [Bit Rate/Resolution] is set to [35 Mbps 1920x1080] or [17 Mbps 1280x720] (MP4 clips), the frame rate is set to 59.94P automatically and cannot be changed.



6. Press the <MENU> button to exit the setting.

For more information on the signal from individual output terminals, please refer to Video Output Signals by Terminal (XF200 / XF205).



1. Press the <START/STOP> button to begin recording.



2. Recording starts. The front and rear tally lamps illuminate () and, depending on the movie format selected, [ REC], [ MP4] or displays will appear at the top of the screen.



You can use the <START/STOP> button on the grip, on the handle or at the front of the camcorder (next to the lens).
When you use the supplied wireless controller, press the <START/STOP> button and the record enable button simultaneously.
For details about MP4 recording when the video format is set to MXF+MP4, refer to Simultaneous Recording of MXF and MP4 Clips (XF200 / XF205).



3. Press the <START/STOP> button to pause the recording.
The clip is recorded on the recording media and the camcorder enters record pause mode (STBY). The tally lamps will also go out.
The <START/STOP> button on the handle has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the lock lever to < > if you do not want a recording inadvertently paused or if you do not plan to use that <START/STOP> button. Return the lever to its previous position to enable use of the <START/STOP> button again.
  • You can use [Other Functions] > [Review Recording] to review part or all of the last clip recorded.
  • You can use [Other Functions] > [Delete Last Clip] to delete the last clip recorded. However, you cannot delete the last clip if double slot recording is activated or if the video format is set to MXF+MP4.
MP4 Clips:
  • MP4 clips are assigned consecutive file numbers that consist of 7 digits, like "100-0001". The first 3 digits indicate the folder where the file is saved and the last 4 digits are a unique identifier for each file. You can select how the files are numbered.
  • For scenes with a long recording time, the video (stream) file in a clip will be split in the following cases. Even in such case, playback will be continuous. Using Data Import Utility, you can join such split files and save them on a computer as a single clip.
- When the file size reaches approximately 4 GB.
- After recording a single clip continuously for approximately 29 minutes 50 seconds (frame rate set to 59.94P) or for approximately 59 minutes 50 seconds (other frame rates).
  • A single MP4 recording operation can go on continuously for about 12 hours. Then the camcorder will stop automatically.




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