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We have heard more and more about CatDV being able to transfer Final Cut Pro 7 sequences to FCPX, but we haven't seen it in action. Square Box Systems have just published an article to show you how it's done.

It's the biggest moan about FCPX, the fact that you cannot import projects from earlier versions. This problem was recently compounded by Automatic Duck's waddle away from Apple and into the Adobe pool.

This leaves the asset management tool CatDV written by British company Square Box Systems. Square Box have gone ahead and published their FCP7 to FCPX workflow on their website. This is going to be of huge interest to editors, post houses and production companies who have got years of archived FCP projects tucked away. These days archive = money.

There are some limitations to the transfer:

Currently, because of differences in how FCP 7 and FCP X describe clips and handle timelines, there are some limitations as to what data you can transfer over to Final Cut Pro X:

  • A basic "cuts only" sequence is moved across. Although timing is preserved, titles, transitions and other special effects or filters, including detailed handling of certain multi-channel audio files, are not supported and may need to be reapplied.
  • Most regular clips that come from a single .mov or .mp4 movie file, as well as subclips, simple stills and audio clips, are copied across. Complex clips such as multiclips, sequences within sequences, P2 mxf files, or image sequences are not fully supported in most cases.
  • Clip name, media path, timecode, log notes, and markers are copied across, but other metadata (such as reel number, description, label, angle, marker category, and CatDV user-defined fields) is not supported in the .fcpxml file format at this time.



It might only be cuts only at this moment, but this is a start in the right direction of removing the arguments for not embracing FCPX.

CatDV retails for $395 and can be purchased & downloaded from the Square Box website. There is a free trial too but we don't know if this has the format interchange features built in.

If you try it then please let us know how you get on.

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