It seems pretty easy to move you to FCP7 projects into Premiere Pro. Almost too easy…
This process works best with projects in the beginning stages of editing. The more effects, titles, and transitions you have in place, the more room there is for error when making the move. Here ares some step by step instructions.
- Make a back-up of your FCP 7 project and corresponding files on an external hard drive. If you have to re-link anything, make sure you have a copy of those files with you.
- In FCP7, open the project.
- If you want all bins and sequences transferred, make sure you on’t have anything selected, otherwise it will only make an XML
of the sequence you have selected.
- A dialogue box will appear letting you know the source being exported. Make sure to
keep the format at Apple XML Interchange Format Version 5 and make sure the “save project with latest clip metadata (recommended) is checked. Click OK.
- The XML file will default to the project name in FCP 7.
- Open Premiere Pro.
- File>Import>find the XML file and click Import.
- You will see a window for the translation report. This report tells you how Premiere deals with any effects, titles or transitions that did not translate. For instance, if my fonts didn’t translate, the report will tell me what font it used to replace it. Or if my cross dissolve did not translate, Premiere replaced it with a dissolve. Click OK.
- In the project panel, you will see a bin with the name of your project. The bin includes
the clips, the sequences and the translation results file. To see what did not transfer, open the translation results file.
- Open the sequence and scrub through to make sure everything is working!
And there you have it folks. Premiere makes it fairly easy to make a smooth transition from FCP7.