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David Curtis
Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:19:01 pm

I found a video from Adobe which shows how to import FCP projects into Premiere Pro.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-presentations-2009/open-workflows-between-f...

It shows the FCP export and Pre Pro import on the same mac machine, however. Does anyone know if you can also export a FCP project from a mac and then import it into a Windows-based copy of Premiere Pro?

Thanks!


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Jon Barrie
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:50:06 pm

Yep it works. U need to make sure ur media is PC friendly. Hdv or dvcprohd captures in fcp are fcp only. Prores has a decoder for PC plugin. So dv or prores captures are fine to reconnect to.
The seq and edits will come into PC from fcp XML file.
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Roger Matthews
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:33:55 am

Hmm, I thought I responded before, but it seems my post is gone?

Anyway, I was asking before if there was any way for me to salvage an FCP project that uses any such FCP only codecs? I do not own a Mac, and it would be a huge timesaver to make the files readable on Premiere Pro, instead of asking my client to render the footage in a different codec.

I am using an older HD project as a testbed right now, and am getting the 'Generic' video error message, with no actual details when importing. I am guessing the project was in HDV, but I was never actually told by the production team what codec it used in FCP.

Thanks for any help,
Roger



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Jon Barrie
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 27, 2010 at 9:58:41 am

This issue has been extensively mentioned in the forums. Try this site for a possible solution.
http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/
a rep from there has mentioned this in many other mac files on PC codec posts.
Basically fcp doesn't like to play with PC other than with dv or prores. And then the prores route only reads and might not be realtime on moderate pcs.
- Jon Barrie

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Roger Matthews
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:46:01 pm

Ah, sorry, not sure how I missed those posts. I was searching last night on here, Google, Adobe's Help Form, etc, but obviously I missed those.

Regardless, that codec is not working too well for me. My footage is 1080i HDV, so I did try "Calibrated{Q} XD Decode: For viewing Apple XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD 422, and HDV QuickTime Movies."

I've had strange results. First, viewing the files directly in Quicktime Pro crashed. I restarted, and it played fine. I then loaded the XML project in PPro CS4, and it crashed. I tried loading an individual HDV .mov file from the FCP project in PPro, and I got working audio, but no video. Restarted. Tried playing directly from Quicktime Pro again. Crashes Quicktime Pro now. Tried reinstalling the codec. Still crashes.

I uninstalled the codec, and Quicktime Pro no longer crashes, so it seems there is a problem with the codec and my system. (I am using QT Pro 7.6.5)

I will send this query to Calibrated Software as well, but I have found the Cow to usually be very quick and helpful in replies as well.

Thanks,
Roger



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Roger Matthews
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 27, 2010 at 11:24:41 pm

Update - turns out SSE3 is required, so my very old Pentium M is insufficient. I'm going to ask my client if they can re-render the project in DV. Ouch.

I was going to buy a new machine anyway, but this just solidifies my leaning towards getting a Mac with an FCP setup. Very useful for dealing with other clients.



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Jon Barrie
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 28, 2010 at 5:28:09 am

Pentium m. Sounds like u need an updated system anyway. I can't see that chip being enough for hdv even if u had the right codec.

I have a mac and PC setup. Both with cs4 and fcp on the mac. Tools for the trade. Some jobs work better in each system. But having the mac came from necessity of clients demanding fcp or suppliying fcp captures clips. I still prefer to cut with ppro.

I guess Its about budget a the end of the day. PC can come in well under budget compared to mac. Doesn't mean there are less issues with a mac or fcp, just different ones.

Good luck ;)

- Jon Barrie

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Roger Matthews
Re: Transfer from FCP to Premiere Pro
on Feb 28, 2010 at 7:52:34 am

Jon,

Thanks for the well wishes, haha. I actually am waiting on the refresh on the Macbook Pro line for this very reason - working with clients who use FCP. I'm trying to wait it out until the new series comes out (which should be VERY soon), but if this continues to be an issue I'll probably just have to buy the older generation (and then watch its resale value drop soon after).

In this case I'm just transcribing FCP sequences (with clip names/TC/etc), so I was hoping to get by with my older machine, but obviously that hasn't worked out either. Time to borrow a Macbook Pro again and hope Apple refreshes the lineup soon!

Roger



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