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James Falcon
Using FCP with AE
on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:54:16 pm

I am embarrassed for posting this question but I am in a bind and need some help.

I have been editing on FCP 7 for the last few years and know it quite well. However, I am now using After Effects CS5.5 that came with my Master Suite. I have never used After Effects so I am very new to this product.

I am editing my short film and I have a clip that I want to use Twitch in After Effects on. Here is my problem:

I want to take the sequence from FCP to After Effects, use Twitch and then bring it back to FCP to finish the edit and do all of my exports. I thought of using Adobe Premier to edit, but to be honest I am more comfortable using FCP. I searched here and many suggest using either Automatic Duck or Boris Transfer. I can't buy Duck as it is no longer for sale right now and Boris Transfer is too much.

How do I take my sequence from FCP, get it into After Effects, use twitch and send it back to FCP?

Anyone help would be appreciated. I am on a tight timeline for this project to get it turned in to a festival by the beginning of November.

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Chris Tompkins
Re: Using FCP with AE
on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:52:52 pm

Do you need ALL your clips in AE?

You can export a ref file to the desktop.

Import that into AE.
Do you work and render out same codec/size/frame rate.


Export just the clip(s) you want to work on in AE.

Drop the clip into a new sequence by itself.

File export "current settings" ref file is fine.

Import into AE, do you work/effects.

Render out matching the same clip specs.
import into FCP, copy replace content on the old clip in the edited piece.

Make sense?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC

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James Falcon
Re: Using FCP with AE
on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:20:50 pm

Thank you. I got it to work. I appreciate it and thank you. After this project, I'm going to take a week and learn AE forwards and backwards.

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