Transferring existing Final Cut Pro files over to Premiere was a big question mark when considering the switch, especially since I have a lot of existing projects that will surely need to be updated or need reedits down the line. And then Premiere CS6 rocked it.
Because I use PluralEyes to sync my audio files and their FCP and Premiere approaches are a bit different (Premiere needs a stand alone program and would require I purchase it again), I chose to just hop into FCP quickly to sync the two interviews I shot for the next San Diego Creatives (coming soon!). I used the original Canon 5DM2 files without converting to ProRes and wav audio files I captured with a Tascam. After I synced the interviews, I was left with two separate sequences, and actually an entire project, in FCP that I wanted over in Premiere
It’s was brutally easy. Just exported an XML (Version 5) of the entire project, and imported it into a new project in Premiere. Keep in mind, there are loses involved like color/effects/speed when you have full edits done, but as far as sequences, clips on the timeline, folders in your Browser/Project, everything is there, like freaking magic. And to know that FCP couldn’t even do that between it’s own programs (FCP7 to FCPx), it’s definitely a pleasant surprise to be welcomed by Adobe who handles exchange like a champ. Check out the similarities in FCP above and Premiere CS6 below ::
So if there was any doubt that you could get old or existing FCP projects into Premiere CS6, let this serve as evidence it is possible. This is also a great visual between the two programs, being able to see the exact same edit in the exact same position in the two programs.
On another note // As I was setting up my system in Adobe, they’ve done this amazing thing by going through and pulling the quick keys from both Avid and Final Cut Pro to make the editing transition as fluid as possible on the quick key front. Can’t tell you how awesome it felt after having no idea what the keys did in Premiere, to change the keyboard shortcuts to FCP’s and hit shift-Z and see my timeline snap back to full zoomed out. Like that double scoop in a waffle cone feeling when you thought you were getting a single scoop in a cup. So far it feels like I’m editing in Final Cut, but with the original 5Dm2 files and a little darker frame so it feels like my footage is a little more epic.
Okay, edit time. Let’s see what happens once we get deeper into the program here and start cutting interviews/b-roll with audio and music.