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Three easy steps

  1. Open the project into Final Cut Pro 7. Choose the File menu and from the Export submenu, select XML... Choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 5, then name and save the XML file. If you have Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7 installed on different Macs or partitions, save the XML file to an external storage device.
  2. Run Final Cut Pro X. For 10.0.9 and earlier, select the external storage device in the Event Library where you want the new Event to be created.
  3. To translate the project either:
    • run 7toX and use the open dialog to locate your exported XML file;
    • drag-and-drop the XML file onto the 7toX application icon; or
    • right-click on the XML file in Finder and choose Open With > 7toX for Final Cut Pro from the contextual menu.

7toX displays a progress bar during translation and, when completed, adds the new Event to the selected Library. It may take some time for a large project to translate and import into Final Cut Pro X.

The new Event contains clips for each media file and compound clips representing each original sequence. Importing media using XML obeys the Import preference setting. If you don’t want media files added to the new Event, turn off the Copy files to Final Cut Events folder checkbox in the Import panel of Final Cut Pro X’s Preferences.

For clips, keywords are added to the entire clip or a range (for subclips) representing the bins the clip or subclip was inside. Log notes and comments for a clip or subclip are added to the keyword's Notes field. If the clip or subclip was marked Good then the clip or range is rated as Favorite.

Each compound clip is added to the Keyword Collection called “Sequences” in the event. Compound clips can be opened in a timeline or added to a Project’s timeline. To create a new project from the compound clip, add it to the project, select the compound clip and choose Clip > Break Apart Clip Items to “unnest” the compound clip.

In the compound clip’s timeline, video clips are always connected above the Primary Storyline and audio clips are always below it. Each clip is assigned a Role representing its original track position. The easiest way to find clips that were in a particular track is to open the Timeline Index (Window > Show Timeline Index) and click the Roles button. Then click on the track name to have those clips highlighted in the timeline.

So that you are fully aware of what may be different between your Final Cut Pro sequence and your Final Cut Pro X timeline, 7toX adds red to-do markers to items that draw your attention to what has changed or been substituted. The easiest way to view these markers is to open the Timeline Index and click the Tags button. As you review these substitutions you can change each marker to completed by clicking on the red checkbox in the Timeline Index.

IMPORTANT: 7toX translates Final Cut Pro XML from one version to another. It does not work with project files, so you will need access to an application that exports Final Cut Pro XML (such as Final Cut Pro 7 or 6, Premiere Pro CS6, etc.) to export the XML representation of your project.


Before exporting XML for 7toX

It is strongly recommended that the media files are online and have identical file paths (drive names and folder structures) to avoid problems with relinking media in Final Cut Pro X. This is vitally important if you have old media without a file suffix (captured in the time before OS X). If working with two Macs, you may need to consolidate media to an external drive and reconnect any unconnected media before exporting XML. Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X may be installed on the same Mac — see this page for details.

If you have Motion Projects (either from Motion Templates, or custom Motion Projects) in any sequences, render a video from Motion (or Final Cut Pro 7) and replace the Motion Project with the rendered file. See note under Enhancing the Translation for bringing an updated Motion Project into your new Final Cut Pro X Project.

If you have Livetype Projects, render a video from Livetype (or Final Cut Pro 7) and replace the Livetype Project with the rendered file. Livetype projects cannot be updated or imported to Final Cut Pro X.

Export Freeze Frames as still images and replace the Freeze Frame with the still by importing and replacing the Freeze Frame in a Sequence or Bin — the new still images will import into Final Cut Pro X. Without this step, Freeze Frames will be converted to a placeholder clip with references to the original media under the playhead displayed in the To Do Marker notes.


Exporting XML from Final Cut Pro 6 or Premiere Pro

Open the project into Final Cut Pro 6. Choose the File menu and from the Export submenu, select XML... Choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4, then name and save the XML file.

Open the project into Premiere Pro. Choose the File menu and from the Export submenu, select Final Cut Pro XML..., then name and save the XML file. (Premiere Pro exports XML Interchange Format version 4.)


Workflow Options

Translating a Final Cut Pro Project

To translate a full Final Cut Pro project:

When imported into Final Cut Pro X after translation, the bins will be translated to keyword collections, based on the bin name. Log notes and other metadata will be in the Notes field for each clip. There will be a keyword collection for “FCP 7 Sequences” where all sequences from the Final Cut Pro Project will have been translated to Compound Clips. (See note on converting Compound Clips to Projects under the Enhancing the Translation heading.)

Translating a Sequence

If you only need a single sequence translated:

The sequence will be translated to a Compound Clip and the Event will contain references to the media files used in the sequence. Clip names and metadata in the Browser are not translated into the Event. Export the full project to retain original clip names and metadata.

Translating Browser Clips and Bins

If you wish to translate clips without sequences:

When imported to Final Cut Pro X after translation, the bins will be translated to keyword collections, based on the bin name. Log notes and other metadata will be in the Notes field for each clip.


What translates?

Essentially, all standard features translate perfectly. Here’s a list of what happens during translation.

Projects

Sequences


What loses something in translation?

The translation from Final Cut Pro sequence to Final Cut Pro X timeline isn’t perfect. Here’s a list of what gets “lost in translation.”


What doesn’t get translated?


Enhancing the translation

Updating Motion Projects

As mentioned above, before exporting XML from Final Cut Pro for translation, you will have exported Motion Projects as self contained movies, and replaced those in Final Cut Pro before the translation to Final Cut Pro X. This creates flattened, uneditable versions of the originals. Motion 4 projects can be updated and incorporated into the new Final Cut Pro X Project.

To update:

Using Compound Clips in Final Cut Pro X

7toX converts every Final Cut Pro Sequence to a Compound Clip within the Event representing the Final Cut Pro Project. There are three ways you can use the Compound Clip within Final Cut Pro X:

Changing the connection point

While reviewing the timeline you may want to change the Primary Storyline clip that a connected clip or Secondary Storyline is connected to. See “Adjust the connection point of a connected clip” at http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro for details.

Convert Multi-mono to Surround Sound.

To convert the multiple mono imports that are translated from surround sound in Final Cut Pro back to surround sound:


Known issues


Requirements:

Available on the Mac App Store

 

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