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Transitioning Part 1: Moving an FCP Project to Adobe Premiere Pro

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As we transition from Final Cut Pro to another NLE, I'm running a series of tests to determine which NLE will best suit our needs.

Of paramount concern is to ensure that we can still access the 1,000+ Final Cut Pro projects we have on file dating back 10 years of production. We often have to do revisions and updates, particularly for news stories.

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Posted by: walter biscardi on Jun 27, 2011 at 5:58:06 amComments (3) Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro


Re: Transitioning Part 1: Moving an FCP Project to Adobe Premiere Pro
by Dylan Hargreaves
Great video, Walter.
I'm really quite angry with the way Apple have gone about the launch of FCPX - seems they took the conscious decision to just cut a chunk of their loyal customer base out of the equation altogether.

As we mainly use After Effects for our fx work, I'd been considering switching to PP for a while now. Especially so now that I can see I'd still have access to previous FCP projects, albeit with some limitations.

If Apple ain't gonna show us no love, well that cuts two ways.


Re: Transitioning Part 1: Moving an FCP Project to Adobe Premiere Pro
by walter biscardi
Many effects and filters are available for Premiere Pro.

The option to actually be able to open an old project vs. completely recreating that project from scratch is the key. We can add the filters and such if need be. But to recreate a 10 minute, 30 minute, 60 minute, 90 minute presentation FROM SCRATCH without the original project file? That would be painful.

In speaking with multiple plug-in manufacturers it does appear that most of what we have been using in FCP is either already available on Premiere or will be soon. Also a slew of plug-ins that have been Adobe only will now be available to use that we've not been able to use in FCP. So it works both ways.

Bottom line, MUCH easier to just recreate transitions and filters if need be than the completely start over from Scratch. Imagine telling a client, "Yeah I know we cut your project last year, but we can't open it in FCPX so we're gonna have to start all over again."

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Editor, Colorist, Director, Writer, Consultant, Author, Chef.
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Biscardi Creative Media

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Re: Transitioning Part 1: Moving an FCP Project to Adobe Premiere Pro
by Martin Baker
So what about effects? I can see how this would work fine for basic editing and titles but how could Premiere Pro recreate the filters and transitions that are specific to FCP?

I guess I'm not seeing why opening an old project is so important if you can't recreate it exactly?

Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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