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Neil Sadwelkar
Re: A Cautionary Tale for the FCP Switcher
on May 30, 2012 at 5:54:41 pm

Walter, that was a very painstakingly assembled narrative. You left little or no holes for any skeptics. And you approached the problem fairly and correctly.

I've been using FCP 7 XML 5 into Resolve with projects originating from XDCamEx, Red, Alexa, Canon. And I have to say they've been conforming without any issue. Except for stills, freeze frames, and clips of a different frame rate. But for those I have an assistant make exports and re-imports. And insert those in the timeline before making an XML.

From Avid, I usually take EDLs and they seem to work better than AAFs. I'm even planning to try 'Automatic Ducking' an Avid seq to FCP just to make an XML.

Resolve's conforming capabilities are amazing and it can conform even if clip names have changed. As long as it gets a good reel name and TC, it latches on to media like a leech. And Resolve's ability to render the timeline as clips and then an XML back to FCP, preserves all of FCP's basic motion, filters, and other attributes even after a round-trip from Resolve. Making Resolve almost a plug-in for FCP. Just finished 7 episodes of a TV show this way.

Smoke 2013 may add even more to the mix. We editors live in interesting times.

Neil Sadwelkar
twitter: fcpguru
FCP Editor, Edit systems consultant
Mumbai India

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