At LAFCPUG’s special meeting at DV Expo we showed, for the first time a brand new app from Assisted Editing (my day job): Project X₂7 (10 to 7), which takes the brand new FCP X Project XML export and converts it through a simple drag and drop applet to FCP 7. FCP 7 sequence XML is generated and loaded directly into FCP 7.
This allows you to take your FCP X timeline (Project) to FCP 7 or directly to Color, Adobe Premiere (and via dynamic link to After Effects) or other FCP 7 XML workflow.
Via FCP 7 you can then link to Soundtrack Pro (sadly Soundtrack Pro’s project format has never been published), to Motion 4, or to OMF output for ProTools.
We still have a little work to do, but right now we support most features: connected clips, primary storyline, transitions (currently all are replaced by a cross dissolve but we’ll do better than that before release) but any time we can’t accurately reproduce something we’ll tell you in a report.
Tonight I demo’d a Project with:
- Titles at the start and end
- a mixture of primary storyline and connected clips
- a mix of active and inactive clips
- large numbers of J and L cuts
- To do markers and regular markers
- Spot audio effects
- And limited transition support.
All transfer without problem. Unfinished To Do markers appear as red markers in FCP 7, done to Green and the blue FCP X markers to blue markers in FCP 7.
Before the comments go crazy asking why we didn’t do the opposite, since that’s what every really wants, let me explain. Back in my initial briefing for FCP X I asked about the transfer and got the distinct impression that someone was already working on it (perhaps even Apple, it was vague). We’re a small software developer and can’t run the risk of spending considerable development effort to discover that a better funded competitor will come out with a similar product and kill our sales. Imagine if we announced this today, and three weeks from now Apple releases a tool. Obviously we’d get no sales.
Doing this type of conversion too is incredibly difficult and from our experience going 7 to X would be even more of a challenge. I wish whoever takes it on the best of luck. In the meantime, if you need to integrate Final Cut Pro X into some existing workflows, Project X₂7 will get you there sooner.
Apologies if you got the unfinished version of this post. Early starts and long days teaching at DV Expo takes its toll.