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Before we begin, I want to point out a few important items about the Final Cut Pro X to Pro Tools workflow. With the release of Final Cut Pro X, for better or for worse, Apple removed the longstanding convention of using a file format called OMF or Open Media Framework to export audio information to Pro Tools and other programs. Now, Apple uses XML or Extensible Markup Language files to export audio and other information out of Final Cut Pro. Unfortunately, as of now, Pro Tools and other audio applications do not inherently know how to read or import an XML file.
So in this course, we'll be using a third application called X2Pro Audio Convert. X2Pro Audio Convert is able to read the exported XML file and convert it to an AAF file, Advanced Authoring Format file. This file is a supported Avid and Pro Tools file type that can be imported into Pro Tools. A quick word about Pro Tools, we'll be using Pro Tools 10 in this course, but as of Pro Tools 9, you can run all versions of Pro Tools without any attached hardware. All you need is an iLok USB dongle attached with the Pro Tools authorization.
So the goal of this course is to get you familiar with the workflow between these two programs, Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro. We'll spend a little time going over some audio possibilities in Pro Tools, but what we'll show you is really just the tip of the iceberg. Some will just use this information of this course to better manage their project workflow, while others might get really into what's possible with Pro Tools, and they'll want to learn more about postproduction audio.
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