.MXF File Extension

.MXF File Extension

File Type 1

Material Exchange Format File

Developer SMPTE
3.9  |  54 Votes
Category Video Files
Format Binary

What is an MXF file?

An MXF file is a video saved in the Material Exchange file format. It contains video and audio data, as well as metadata that describes that data. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) created the MXF format to allow different video equipment, applications, and users to exchange videos more easily. MXF files can be converted to other video formats, including .MP4, .AVI, and .MOV.

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Screenshot of a .mxf file in VideoLAN VLC media player
MXF file open in VideoLAN VLC media player

The MXF file format was designed to streamline video exchange between different platforms, including video cameras, digital editing equipment, and servers. The format adopts a subset of the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF), which standardized the interchange of video between multiple vendors and platforms. MXF files are often used to store television advertisements, television archives, and movies that are meant to be delivered to theaters.

NOTE: Like any other media container format, the appropriate codec must be available in order to play the media an MXF file contains.

How do I open an MXF file?

You can open an MXF file and play the media it contains in VideoLAN VLC media player (cross-platform). To do so, select File → Open File... from VLC's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your MXF file.

How do I convert an MXF file to other video formats?

You can also use VLC media player to convert an MXF file to a more common video file format, such as MP4. To do so, open VLC media player and select File → Convert / Stream.... When the Convert & Stream window appears, select your MXF file, choose the format you want to convert the file to, choose a save destination, and click Save.

A variety of other video conversion and editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows, Mac) and Avid Media Composer (Windows, Mac), also allow users to convert MXF files to other video formats.

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Programs that open or reference MXF files

Updated May 4, 2021
File Type 2

Maxis Font File

Developer Electronic Arts
3.1  |  7 Votes
Category Font Files
Format Binary

What is an MXF file?

Font file used by Maxis SimCity 4, a life simulation game; stored in the \Fonts\ directory of the game installation and contains a font such as Arial, Courier, or another font; used for displaying game text.

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NOTE: Maxis is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts that develops SimCity games.

Programs that open or reference MXF files

Updated September 12, 2011

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