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Comparing Final Cut Pro X projects with Change List X

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Philip and Greg at Intelligent Assistance have been very busy recently. They have just released a new application called Change List X that compares two FCPX projects or compound clips.

Hot on the heels of their recently launched FCPX to spreadsheet application called Producer's Best Friend, Intelligent Assistance has just launched Change List X.

Change List X is a $199 OS X application that takes two instances of FCPX XML from projects or compound clips and compares them against each other. The differences are then made into a 'change list.' Those with good memories will recall that when working with FCP7, change lists could be created using Cinema Tools and this app adds very similar functionality to FCPX.


“Because ‘Final’ rarely means final, and locked edits have a habit of getting unlocked, post audio and vfx need a way of updating their existing projects, while keeping all their existing work intact, and that’s the role of a Change List,” says Intelligent Assistance CEO Philip Hodgetts.

Change List X analyses two Final Cut Pro X timelines and produces a change list comparing the Primary Storylines of the two versions.

  • The report lists the changes that need to be made to the initial cut to match the new edits, step by step.
  • Change List X can compare two Projects, or two Compound Clips within the same Event.
  • Where necessary Change List X also creates a change pull list (for new footage added to the timeline) and a change discard list (for footage that needs to be removed from the timeline).


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The first thing that strikes us is although the application will be very clever, it is a tad on the pricey side. Possibly it is aimed at film productions where the cost will easily be outweighed by savings. 

“Change Lists are very important for specific workflows and we’re proud to be opening these workflows for editors who prefer Final Cut Pro X,” continued Hodgetts. 

It does bring down another barrier to the all important keystone Hollywood projects that FCPX needs to attract. It is also another great example of how the database structure of events and projects lets third parties make very cool applications that extend FCPX's functionality into niche markets. 

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Click to have a read of the Change List X Quick Start Guide.

Download a sample Change List

Download a sample Change List Feet and Frames version



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