Moving Final Cut Pro 7 Projects into Premiere Pro CS6

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.

  1. 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.
  2. In FCP7, open the project.
  3. 1_FCPIf 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.
  4. File>Export>XML
  5. 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.
  6. The XML file will default to the project name in FCP 7.
  7. Open Premiere Pro.
  8. File>Import>find the XML file and click Import.
  9. You will see a window for the translation report. This report tells you how Premiere deals with any effects, titles or transitions that did noScreen shot 2013-04-02 at 2.12.06 PMt 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.
  10. In the project panel, you will see a bin with the name of your project. The bin includes
    Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 2.12.43 PM
     the clips, the sequences and the translation results file. To see what did not transfer, open the translation results file.
  11. 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.

6 thoughts on “Moving Final Cut Pro 7 Projects into Premiere Pro CS6

  1. Hi,
    I do everything as explained and got this message .-( that I can´t understand:
    “Error message: This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type”.

    My projects in the FCP 7 timeline looks ok, as always.
    Thanks for any help.


    1. Hi,

      I had this same error message moving from Premiere CS6 to another Premiere CS6 on a different machine. It became impossible to work out what the difference in the two machines was. (i.e.. was there a codec missing from one of the machines?). Turned out to be a licensing issue. Only one of the machines in the office had a legit copy of CS6. I believe Adobe have built something into the start up that downloads drivers for the software. If your copy is not licensed it may not be downloading drivers and codecs on start up. If it is licensed (as I’m sure it is), I can’t shed any light on the issue. Hope this helps.


  2. We’ve successfully managed to use this process to migrate a project from FCP to Premiere. Wondering if there’s any way to also transfer the colour corrections that have been made in FCP across to Premiere? Unfortunately the project needs to remain editable for future translations that we will be editing.

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