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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
It's now possible to work with a project in Final Cut Pro and then take that over to Premiere. There is good aspect to that and the bad aspect to that. The good aspect of that is that you can now take your Final Cut project into After Effects without the need for third- party software, so you can take it from Final Cut to Premiere and then take it from Premiere into After Effects so thereby going from Final Cut to After Effects which is really, really big. The other big plus is that because Premiere Pro is cross platform.
That gives people that work on Final Cut a way to also work on their projects on Windows as well. So that's a big deal. The downside of that is, for me, I am working with Final Cut Studio 3 and Final Cut Studio 3 does not work. So unfortunately I will not be able to give you a live actual demonstration of this, but here's how this works. I have here my Final Cut Project and there are some effects that will not carry over but a lot of effects, like your basic Cross Dissolves and basic wipes, will carry over from Final Cut into Premiere.
But you go to the File menu in Premiere and then we get to Export > XML. I have already gone ahead and done that for you here so I am going to go back to Premiere, double-click in the Project panel to import and you can go to, in the Media folder, you'll find that Final Cut Projects folder. And then from Final Cut it will make the project, which is the FCP file here. And then also we will make an XML file for the sequence, which is Dream Job Sequence.xml, and then we can click Import. And as you can see, because I'm using Final Cut Studio 3, in other words Final Cut Pro 7, it doesn't work.
It says, The importer reported a generic error. I have looked into this and apparently Apple fiddled with the XML and how Final Cut Pro 7 writes XML. But if you are working with Final Cut Pro 6 or earlier, I would imagine then you won't have any problems importing your XML files from Final Cut into Premiere Pro.
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