Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a Final Cut Pro project via XML, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Premiere Pro CC (2014).
- In a perfect world, you're only going to start new projects in Premiere Pro. Sadly, it's an imperfect world, and I need to show you about bringing XML, and some of the things that's gonna catch you. So, let's take a look at the interface. When I go ahead and I bring an XML file in, it's gonna immediately give me a translation report. I'm gonna do that by looking at the media browser. I'm just gonna push the windows aside. Remember, I can reset them at any time. I'm just gonna drag and drop. Since we're seeing both the media browser, and my project, it gives me that sort of flexibility.
And when I let go, immediately it gives me the translation report of what did and didn't come across. I'mna say, "OK". I'mna look at the translation results. When I double click this, it's gonna open up Apple's TextEdit, and show me what did and didn't work. I have two real items here. I've got a 3-Way Color Corrector that was approximated. And I also happen to have a Fade In Fade Out Dissolve that wasn't translated, and it used a Cross Dissolve, instead. The resolve so also all these clips created in my project, and these clips here include a whole bunch of master clips, but also a lower third in text.
These generators will come across, and a lot of other items may not. When we open up the sequence, and it's numbered 01_06_Exporting a Final Cut 1, I'mna go ahead here and just zoom in with the slash key. We can see all of my edits. Notice on V2, there's a piece of text there. That's my text generator. This Olive Garden text isn't showing me the background, and should be centered directly on screen, so it's really messed up. This lower third had a nice gradient behind it, and we're not seeing the gradient at all. And the big message that I want you to hear, is don't expect things like generators to come across.
Don't expect motion files that you've built with Motion 4 to come across. These things just aren't gonna happen. What will come across are your clips, the cross dissolves, your audio levels, your audio dissolves, galzium blur will come across, your eight- and four point mattes, cropping, luma keying, 3-way color corrector. This shot here happens to have a 3-way color corrector on it. I'm gonna go ahead, select it. I'm gonna go over to the "Effect Controls" tab. That's where we handle effects.
You don't double click the way you do in Final Cut. And I can turn on and off this "Three-Way Color Corrector" here with this "fx" switch. It's doing an approximization. It's not really going to be as good as if you built it in Premiere. And the big message that I want you to get across, is that a lot of things aren't going to come across, and if they're vital to a project, you may have to bake them in, and export them as individual elements from Final Cut, and import them manually. Sadly, there's nothing that we can do beyond that. On the other hand, we do get all of our clips in their placement without any real slippage.
So there is some very good communication, but it's not going to be perfect. And especially if you've built really complex timelines, you'll have to do some work, and rebuild some of those items here in Premiere.
- Setting up a new project in Premiere Pro
- Using the Media Browser for better importing
- Importing Final Cut Pro projects and sequences
- Navigating the Timeline
- Editing directly from bins
- Replacing clips
- Using Premiere Pro's Trim mode and JKL trimming
- Adding transitions
- Adjusting clip and track audio levels
- Adding, copying, pasting, and removing effects
- Correcting color
- Creating titles
- Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
- Using the Smart Rendering Codec for super-fast exports