Sometime last year marked my 10th anniversary as a Final Cut Pro user. If you’re into non-linear video editing, FCP has been considered the cat’s pajamas for many years. Until last year.
Apple dropped Final Cut Pro X onto the FCP world and the world of editors cried out in pain. Not only did FCP X not have all the features of the older, more mature FCP Studio, it ushered in a new way to edit.
I won’t rehash all of what the new version couldn’t do, but one glaring omission was the ability to import old Final Cut Studio projects.
Enter 7toX for Final Cut Pro.
Following FCPX’s introduction, many experience FCP users moaned and groaned but tried out the new version anyway. The result? FCPX is faster and easier to edit projects than the old version.
But what of old projects? That’s what 7toX for Final Cut Pro does.
It’s a drag and drop process to bring older version Final Cut Pro projects to the new version. Project metadata is translated from old to new, including bins, sequences, clips, and more.
There’s even a simple report after each transfer.
The whole shebang is about as easy to use as any Mac app. Drag and drop. Use the Open dialog to import the exported XML file. Or, simply right-click on the XML file within the Finder and open with 7toX for Final Cut Pro.
The translation process is straightforward and matches old to new. Bins become Keyword Collections. Sequences become Compound Clips. Even multi cam clips are imported. PICT files are converted to TIFF files. Most (but not all) transitions are match to FCPX. Even audio filters are match from the old to the new.
Anything that gets changed during the transition is marked with a red to-do marker so you’ll know it’s changed.
If you have a bunch of old Final Cut Pro projects and you’re ready to make the leap to Final Cut Pro X, this is the app to start.
In my projects, nearly everything converted with only a few problems. 7toX for Final Cut Pro marked those in the Timeline Index of FCPX so I could make appropriate adjustments.
And, for what it’s worth, I kept Final Cut Studio around just to work on older projects or new projects that required features not found yet in FCPX.