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Exporting Frames, Clips, and Sequences in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Exporting to Final Cut Pro

At a high level, exporting from Premiere Pro to Final Cut Pro—and importing the XML file into Final Cut Pro—is simple.

  1. To begin, in Adobe Premiere Pro, choose File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML. Click Yes to save your project.
  2. In the Final Cut Pro XML - Save Converted Project As dialog, name the file, and click Save. Adobe Premiere Pro will let you know whether there were any issues exporting the XML.
  3. In Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > XML, locate the file, and click Choose. Final Cut Pro presents a simple dialog and will let you know whether any problems arose during import.

As always, though, the devil is in the details—specifically, the file formats supported by the two programs. If you’re working in DV files in either AVI or QuickTime format, your results should be quite good. Unfortunately, if you’ve migrated to the HD world, which most producers have, you’re probably going to run into some issues, specifically because Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro have completely different file-compatibility philosophies.

That is, Final Cut Pro can import any file that you want so long as it’s in a QuickTime wrapper with an MOV format. Conversely, the Adobe way is to import all files natively. With many (if not most) HD formats, this means that files imported into Adobe Premiere Pro projects may not work in Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro will display the file in the Timeline with the proper In and Out points, but the media will be offline. The solution is to reimport the files into Final Cut Pro and then relink the files, which can be very time-consuming.

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