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Premiere Pro CS5 adds the amazing ability to both Import and Export projects from Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is a video editing application put out by Apple. Yes, that Apple, the iPod Apple. And Final Cut Pro is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, popular video editing software tool out there on the market today. So being able to Import and Export projects from Final Cut makes you a lot more versatile and useful, because if you are working with an editor that works in Final Cut, you can actually bring in their project, and although it might not be perfect, it's definitely a lot farther along the way than it would have been.
So it makes you as a Premiere user a lot more versatile. So what I am going to do is I am going to go to File > Export, with my sequence selected here, Export, and I am going to go, and I am going to choose Final Cut Pro XML. Now, I have already done this here, because it takes a little bit of time, so I went over into Final Cut Pro, and in Final Cut, you go to File > Import > XML. Then you navigate to the XML created for you by Premiere, which is in the Misc Files folder, which is in the Media folder, in the Exercise Files folder, in the Exercise Files. Go ahead and hit Cancel here.
And so here we see our same project, all of our same clips and everything, here in Final Cut, just like we saw in Premiere. Now, there are some minor changes here. For example, this B-roll_RideBy clip was flipped in the other one. I wanted them to be going from left to right, kind of like a forward progressive motion from the left side to the right side of the screen. So that is a little bit different, because the effect used to flip this horizontally is actually called Horizontal Flip in Premiere, and that effect does not exist in Final Cut. So you have some issues like that, where things do not quite carry over perfectly. But that being said, all of our video clips, audio clips, everything came over intact, and so if we needed to do some fine-tuning or tweaking here in Final Cut, at least we got the project here.
Now, if you wanted to take your project from Final Cut to Premiere, you could go to File, and then you could go to Export, and then you could go to XML, and Save this as Final Cut XML, and then bring it into Premiere. So it's the XML file that we are exchanging. Basically, the XML says that there are these clips in these different places, and here they go in the Timeline, and this is how they are edited, and these are the transitions that are used, et cetera, et cetera.
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