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Varun Mehra
Migrating Magic Bullet Looks work from FCP 7.0 to After Effects
on Apr 14, 2015 at 6:25:35 pm

Hey,

I've worked on an edit on FCP 7 and graded the video using Magic Bullet Looks.

However I need to re-work on the look a bit but I'm not keen to continue on an offline setup since I'm using a lot of effects and titles in a 6 minute video which is really slowing down the process.
My project file is around 110mb and opening and shutting it everytime is driving me crazy (it takes about 15 minutes at least just to open the project even after deleting duplicate timelines).

Since I've just warmed my hands up on the basics of AE, I now want to migrate my grading process.
I have Magic Bullet Looks and it does show up in the Effects panel in AE.

My question is, if I migrate my timeline to AE (taking an .xml, importing in Premier and consequently moving to AE), will I be able to edit my existing grade that I previously created on FCP? Considering I only want to adjust few parameters in the grade and not work on it from scratch.

To clarify, this is specific to the grade in Magic Bullet Looks and not my titles, logos, etc. - I will recreate those in AE.

Any help would be great.

Thanks.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Migrating Magic Bullet Looks work from FCP 7.0 to After Effects
on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:54:56 pm

The answer: a definite maybe.
The reason: we don't know your version of AE.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Varun Mehra
Re: Migrating Magic Bullet Looks work from FCP 7.0 to After Effects
on Apr 15, 2015 at 10:58:27 am

Sorry.

That's AE CS5


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Migrating Magic Bullet Looks work from FCP 7.0 to After Effects
on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:51:23 pm

Oh. You don't have the Pro Import feature (basically Automatic Duck) that appears in later versions.

Google the name Wes Plate -- he created Automatic Duck. I think the software is now available for free. However, I doubt very much that color grading from third-party plugins will make their way from FCP 7 into AE CS5.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Varun Mehra
Re: Migrating Magic Bullet Looks work from FCP 7.0 to After Effects
on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:09:08 pm

So I tried to do it anyway and the problem actually arises at the FCP -> Premier Pro stage itself since the latter reads the former's colors differently so the grade I see after migrating looks completely different.

I'll have to continue on FCP or start afresh on AE.

I guess I was being a little too optimistic.

Will definitely research Automatic Duck though.

Thanks for the help :)


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