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Questions on converting Legacy & footage?
Questions on converting Legacy & footage?
by Jerry Jones on Mar 23, 2019 at 8:28:06 pm

I understand how the most recent FCP X software converts older footage that is in a current FCPX library.

Is there a way to convert footage/projects that are not loaded in FCPX? I've already converted projects in a current library within FCPX. But I have many other projects from previous footage that I would hate to lose access to as needed. Do I need to create and/or load each of those projects into a FCPX library before I can convert? (A few are projects from FCP 7 that were never used in FCPX.)

It would be wonderfully helpful if there was a way to simply point the new converter to any and all footage I have on a HD so it can be converted and accessible via FCPX when I may need it.

(Hopefully, some enterprising person will develop a conversion tool such as this that could be used in the future when FCPX is no longer compatible with this older footage. For example, I have hours of old historical and/or family member interviews that I still want to work with. I cannot bear the thought of those legacy files being lost, inaccessible.)

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Re: Questions on converting Legacy & footage?
by Michael Gissing on Mar 25, 2019 at 5:29:19 am

The FCPX forum is here -

You are more likely to find answers there as this forum deals with FCP7 and earlier legacy versions.

Re: Questions on converting Legacy & footage?
by Mark Suszko on Mar 25, 2019 at 2:30:17 pm

I think FFmpeg or FFworks can do these batch conversion jobs for you, also I imagine Compressor should be able to do it.