The MXF file type is primarily associated with 'Material Exchange Format File'. MXF is a group of standards set by SMPTE. Multimedia format used by digital audio and video programs; contains captured audio and video data as well as metadata that describes the media stored in the file; MXF as a standard container for audio and video data; can be converted into other formats, such as .AVI or .MOV.

Material eXchange Format (MXF) files were designed to streamline workflows between different platforms, such as cameras, digital editing equipment, and servers. The file format adopts a subset of the AAF, which was designed to help standardize the interchange of video between multiple vendors and platforms.