Final Cut Pro 5 -> Final Cut Pro 4?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by stoid, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I have a friend that needs a project I edited in Final Cut Pro 5, but he only has Final Cut Pro 4. It's an old project, so the raw media will already have to be recaptured, all I need is for him to have a list of where the clips from (we have about 30 tapes of raw footage).

    Is there an easy way to do this??

  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You could try outputting an EDL. But depending on the complexity of the project (if there are a lot of video tracks and lots of transitions and such) it may not work so well.

  3. bogiesan macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2001
    Another attempt can be made via XML but i cannot recall if FCP4 had the capability, it might not have shown up till 4.5. which begs the question, 4.5 was free update, why didn't he do it.

    In the big scheme of things, if you are going to be working together, forcing him to buy the upgrade to FCP5 or FCS is going to pay for itself in about a month of all of your wasted time trying to make what should be a simple thing work.

  4. sturigdson macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    XML is a very effective choice... but only to go to FCP4.5 [FCP HD]. I have definitely had good luck with it, tho i have noticed that audio effects and dissolves translate strangely in some cases. And any variable speed effects will not transfer at all from 5 to 4.5, as 4.5 does not have native variable speed effects. Otherwise, I've found it to be quite efficient for simple projects, and decent for more complicated projects.

    Also, note that 4.5 only inports Type 1 xml files, so you MUST export a type1 file from FCP5 - Go "File>Export>XML," then select "type 1." [sorry if this isn't exact, I'm recalling this from memory] Should work.

    If 4.0 is your only option, an EDL may be your only choice. Good luck.

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