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Daniel Alpizar
Export xml from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5
on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:20:21 pm

I’m trying to export an XML file from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5. After I name the file and save it to my external hard drive, I am only able to get about 50% of the way through the export process before FCP quits and asks if I want to send a report.


I read on Richard Harrington's blog that the file can be exported, but only with Apple XML Interchange Format version 4 (or better); my only option is Version 1.


How can I export this file, since it fails to work with version 1?

Harrington's entry;
http://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/4461/importing-a-final-cut-pro-project-in...


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Michael Gissing
Re: Export xml from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5
on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:51:07 pm

XML was in infancy when FCP4 was released so it is not surprising that it isn't working. Plus you will need to see if you can open it in a more recent version of FCP before re-exporting in the correct XML format.

EDL is probably the only way you will be able to move this project. What is the codec of your media? Or are you planning on recapture in CS5?


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Daniel Alpizar
Re: Export xml from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5
on May 1, 2012 at 4:02:40 am

I wanted to open the timeline in Premiere to do more editing.



Frame Size: 720 x 480
Codec: DV/DVCPRO - NTSC at Most Quality
Frame Rate: 29.97


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Michael Gissing
Re: Export xml from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5
on May 1, 2012 at 5:31:50 am

Best bet is to get the old FCP project to open in Final Cut 7 and then it should open directly into CS5.5. There is no surety that a FCP4 project can be opened by FCP7 however. Apple are terrible at backwards and forwards compatibility.

What you are trying to do can only be done via EDl as far as I know and then relink media if it is in a format that CS5 can read.


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Daniel Alpizar
Re: Export xml from FCP 4 to Premiere CS5
on May 1, 2012 at 1:49:52 pm

Thank you for your prompt responses.

So do I have to purchase FCP 7 in order to import the timeline into Premiere?


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