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Martin Bentsen
PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 3, 2011 at 10:05:09 pm

I have searched forums far and wide, but to no avail. I cannot get my .psd files to import to Final Cut with layers.

I have taken the original .psd files and re-saved them (to make sure they were saved in a mac computer), I turned on "maximize compatibility," I have removed any blank layers, I have removed folders of layers so that there is nothing to get in the way of final cut being able to import. Additionally, i have tried saving to 8 bit, 16 bit, and 32 bit. Nothing has worked.

Does anyone have any more suggestions? I have a huge project that needs completing in a few days and this is making it difficult since I don't have AE installed on my laptop and I'm on the road. Thank you in advance!

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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anthony Bari Jr.
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 3, 2011 at 10:43:29 pm

What kind of layers are in your PSD?
if you have any vector or non Rasterized layers, FCP doesn't read them.

Duplicate your project into a new file and rasterize all of your layers.
No Vector layers at all.

If you have already rasterized, try making empty layers and merging the existing layers.

I hope this works for you.

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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:13:28 pm

Thank you for responding so quickly!

I tried both of what you said, you were right, and I had some unrasterized layers, so I rasterized everything. When that didn't work, i tried creating new empty layers and merging them with the existing ones, but that didn't work either.

I'm beginning to think that there might be a preference in Final Cut Pro that changes imported psd files to flattened files? I don't know if this is a possibility, but if it is, how would I go about fixing that? Otherwise, could there be any other things that I can try in photoshop?

Thank you so much, your help is greatly appreciated.

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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anthony Bari Jr.
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:33:36 pm

take a screenshot of what your PSD sequence in FCP looks like, as well as your seq settings.
You can also change you external editor for stills as PS. That is not the problem.
What version of PS are you on?

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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:04:09 am

There are no sequence settings for the psd files, that is the problem. they are importing as a flat image file. Take a look:





I changed the external editor setting to photoshop, but still not working, as you suggested.

I am using photoshop CS4, version 11.0.2

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:17:15 am

IMPORTANT (maybe)

I realized the photoshop files I was given have separate frames in them... I don';t know much about motion and frames in photoshop, but this may have something to do with it not importing correctly.

Is this possible? Is there a way to turn off the frame/video options in Photoshop and just make this a still image .psd file?

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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Anthony Bari Jr.
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:20:09 am

When you are importing are you using file>import
Try creating a New FCP Project, then drag the PSD in from the finder window.
See if this works.

If that doesnt work, you can also.....
export a still from your fcp project and export using QT conversion as a PSD file then open
Copy all elements from your PSD project into the Exported PSD from FCP then save and import that into FCP.

Again, Try dragging in from the finder window instead of file>import

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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 1:31:09 am

GOT IT!

Tried all of the first tips, then got to creating the psd file in fcp and copying the layers over. That worked! I guess it must be some sort of issue with the photoshop file. I told my client to change the settings and copy the files over, so everything should be fine.

Thanks again to everyone who helped!

Creative Cow is awesome!

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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Bob Flood
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 4:07:05 am

Hi

Whenever i try and import Layered PSD'd, they come in as sequences, not stills.
when i double click em, they open in the canvas.

the only way i can use em as images is by dragging em to the timeline

is this what you are seeing?

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Anthony Bari Jr.
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 4:21:25 am

PSD's open as PS seq's in FCP, the have all the layers intact and you are supposed to use them as sequences. You can use the layers all in tact within the sequence. Also, you copy and paste from that sequence into your main edit if you want. This is what PSD do when imported into FCP.
Hope that helps.

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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 5:26:13 pm

No I saw the opposite. They are normally supposed to come in as sequences so you can edit the layers in FC. I was worried about it because they weren't and I needed them to.

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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Alan Thorburn
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:35:44 pm

Make sure your Photoshop project is in RGB, not CMYK


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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:07:33 am

Yes, I had read that when searching earlier today, but couldn't find a clear answer on how to change that. How can I go about switching the color space to RGB from CMYK (if it's not already in RGB space)?

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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John Pale
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 4:39:29 am

You don't change that. Thats how it works.

If you don't want them to be layered sequences flatten them to get rid of the layers.

If you want to load them in the Viewer instead of dragging to the timeline, right click and select Open In Viewer.


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Martin Bentsen
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:11:10 am

Never mind, I figured it out. And yes, it was already in RGB and still not working.

Martin Bentsen
Executive Director,
MJB Home Entertainment, LLC
Graphics/Special Effects/Photography/Videography

http://www.mjbhomeentertainment.com/


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John Baumgartner
Re: PSD Files Won't Import Correctly to FCP
on Oct 23, 2014 at 5:41:06 am

I had the exact same problem, PC PSD files creates in Photoshop CS5.5 wouldn't come into FCP7 as layered. I finally fixes this when I found Photoshop 5.5 for Mac (I had a CS1 on the mac), installed it, then reserved all the PC PSDs and then they finally imported correctly as layered. For some reason, using the EXACT same version of PS (albeit one for Mac not PC) did the trick. Good luck.


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