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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.
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So what if you have a Final Cut Pro project, or a project in Avid, and you wannna keep editing in Premiere Pro? Well, I guess it's done, game over, right? Hire an assistant editor for three days to re-build your exact project. No. It's not that bad. There are a number of techniques to bring in projects and sequences from other editing programs, specifically, Final Cut Pro and Avid. They're going to be a little bit different, so let's look at an example for Final Cut Pro 7 and then I'll tell you about some techniques that also work for Final Cut Pro X and Avid.
As you can see, I'm in the Final Cut Pro 7 interface, and I have a simple edit completed. The goal is to continue working on this but in Premiere Pro. The key here is XML, which stands for extensible markup language. It is a language that is designed basically to move data around from program to program. That's the meaning of the word extensible, to share or play well with others.
So that XML format is what helps us move this project from Final Cut Pro into Premiere. Now that I've got the project up, I just need to make exactly the right type of export out of Final Cut Pro 7. So, that's at File > Export, and the one I want is over here at the bottom, XML. You've got some different choices with XML versions. This helps to be backward compatible, but we want the latest version, version 5. I don't need to include master clips outside selection, but I will use the recommended save project with latest clip metadata.
That's going to bring the maximum amount of information across into the XML file and then ultimately into Premiere Pro. I should mention now, and I'll remind you again, that not everything comes across in this transfer. Some of the fancier transitions and some fancier effects just don't translate into Premiere Pro, so always check this work to see what has come in. This is a fairly simple sequence, and I think almost everything will come across. So click OK, and we're going to save this file, it's actually a text file, and I'll go ahead and use the name Intro, and the extension will be XML.
Not FCP for Final Cut Pro project and not yet, Premiere Pro Project. Okay, we're all done in Final Cut. I'm going to go ahead and quit and now we'll do the next part in Premiere Pro. We're here in Premiere Pro now. And I've got a blank brand new project. it's a good idea to do this in a blank project. Or just be aware that you'll be adding to an existing project, all of the project data from your Final Cut Pro project. So, we need to import that XML file, and it's going to work like this.
Import. Navigate to where we saved it, the desktop. Notice XML is valid to import and that gives you a little peek at what the code looks like. XML code is a little like HTML code. But it actually describes the project. You can take a closer look at this when you have time. It's kind of interesting to read what the machines read. We'll go ahead and import, and you see we get a bin called intro that has the contents of the project. Inside we have all of the footage, and we have the sequence.
Quickly I'm going to open the sequence and just make sure that this is intact. Yep, it's, looks pretty much the same as where we left it, and I even notice that our transitions did come across. Simple transitions, like a cross dissolve, has no problem. If you get into complex transitions, or especially plugins, always double check those. They'll probably have to be rebuilt inside Premiere Pro. So that's how Final Cut 7 works. But, maybe you're using Final Cut X, or Avid.
So, some similar techniques will work, but they're a little different. I'm just going to explain them here. And then have you try them on your own, if you use those software packages. With Avid, there's a similar technique where the export format is not XML. It's called AAC. So you would export an AAC file out of AVID, and import into Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro does just fine with this but there is one more caveat. The AAC export only exports a single sequence, so your exporting XML from Final Cut Pro 7 and what you're getting is a project when you export AAC from avid what you get is a single sequence. Okay, one more which is, Final Cut Pro X. The deal with Final Cut Pro X is it does have an XML export but it's very very different than previous versions. That made backward compatibility with FCP X very very difficult and it also makes transitioning into Premiere difficult.
Luckily, the same piece of software that does allow you to use FCP X, and have it be backward compatible to 7 will allow you to do that and then, as another step, export the XML as we've already seen. Quickly, I just want to show you the webpage where that software's available. Here is the third party software that allows you to take a FCP X project, and turn it into a FCP 7 project. As you can see, it's not free, or particularly cheap.
It's about 50 bucks. But, if you have this problem, and you need to convert backward, this is the way to do it. Keep in mind this is now a multi-step process. FCP X through this piece of software to FCP 7, through XML, to Premiere Pro. Is this starting to sound like a headache? I think it is. I actually would prefer to stay away from this mess if possible. Not importing into Premiere Pro, that's fine. But this backward compatibility And editing in one platform, or one version, and then another, if at all possible, finish with what you start with.
There's no reason, if you're planning ahead, to do this. You wind up making these kinds of transfers when you've kind of been backed into a corner. And try to avoid that, with good planning.
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