I'm working on a project with other students in which half of the class prefers to use Final Cut and the other half prefers Avid. Our professor wants us to use whatever is most comfortable with each editor and then, if theres possibility, a way to import a sequence from one program into the other so we could combine our work. The only way we see right now is just to export sequences and them import the .mov files. But I'm jsut wondering if theres another way.
If you've got some money, there are programs out there that do the job, e.g., Automatic Duck, Boris Transfer...
Tricky if you haven't got that option though. You could get something simple across from FCP to Avid by exporting an edl from FCP and importing it into Avid using "create sequence" but you only get cuts & video dissolves coming through, so you'd have to do a lot of manual fiddling to replicate any kind of effects or audio work in it (too much IMO to make the process worthwhile).
The EDL format also supports some wipes and can include notes that have info about speed changes and filters but they are notes, not specific instructions to the edit software but might help rebuild the edit.
The ONLY way to get full sequences and media is with Automatic Duck or Boris AAF. And really, this should be a one way trip. Going back and forth often...transcoding the footage that much, can result in loss of quality.
And it only converts SEQUENCES, not full projects. But it looks like only the sequences are what matter.
Why continue teaching FCP, might I ask? FCP 7 is dead. It is a non-linear editor that has been discontinued, and soon will be phased out of production. Why teach an NLE with no future? Unless you want to teach FCP-X. But that won't see serious use in the professional market anytime soon. And there is NO WAY to get projects from Avid to it...or it to Avid. Well, not without a LOT of work.