Using XML Files to Move Your Timeline to a Different NLE
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If you need to transfer your timeline between two different video editing programs, using XML files might be the solution for you.

You have been integrated into a project and the processing has already been partially completed. You really want to get to work, but there is one big problem. The current editing was done with software that you despise. While you might want to take the work, the fact that you can't use your editing software is a real deterrent.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can move changes between different editing software. One of them is the use of XML files.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use XML files in FCPX, Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.

FCPX to Premiere Pro

If you'd prefer to stay away from Apple's Final Cut Pro X for editing, you can simply move your timeline out of it using an XML file.

Export XML file.

  1. To do this, load your current editing into the timeline (referred to as "project" in FCPX) and navigate to Export XMLas shown above. You can then save it in your preferred location.
  2. If you want to import it into Adobe Premiere Proyou have to buy and install an additional software called Project X27. You can download it for $ 49.99 from the App Store or the Intelligent Assistance website.
  3. Next, navigate to yours XML and Right click it. Choose Open with then choose Project X27. After that, a new window will appear where you can select the attributes of the edit that you want to transfer to Premiere. Once you've done that, press OK and save up Your new XML file.
  4. Go back to premiere and navigate to Import, then choose the XML You have just created. This will import your timeline along with your footage and assets. It is worth investigating which aspects of the processing are transferred and which are not. For example, color qualities are not transferred to Premiere.

DaVinci Resolve in Premiere Pro

DaVinci Resolve to Premiere Pro: Upload your editNavigate to Export AAF, XML.

  1. Start with Loading Edit your determination.
  2. Navigate to Export AAF, XMLas shown above.
  3. Once you do that, a new window will appear, allowing you to choose where to save your file and what it will be named. You also have the option of choosing what type of XML you want to create. I recommend the selection FCP XML 1.3as this is the one I've had the best results with.
  4. If you want to import it into Adobe Premiere Proyou have to buy and install an additional software called Project X27. You can download it from the Intelligent Assistance website for $ 49.99.
  5. Next, navigate to yours XML and Right click it. Choose Open with then choose Project X27. A new window will appear in which you can select the attributes of the machining that you want to transfer to premiere. Once you've done that, press OK and save up Your new XML file.
  6. Go back to premiere and navigate to Import, then choose the XML You have just created. Your timeline will be imported into Premiere along with your footage and assets.

DaVinci Dissolve in FCPX

  1. Start with Loading Increase your editing with determination.
  2. Navigate to Export AAF, XML.
  3. Once you do that, a new window will appear (as shown above) allowing you to choose where to save your file and what it will be named. You also have the option of choosing what type of XML you want to create. I recommend the selection FCP XML 1.3 This is the one I've had the best results with.
  4. Open FCPX and navigate to File> Import> XML.
  5. Choose XML file You have just created and hit Import. Once you do, DaVinci Resolve will create a new event where you can find your timeline and footage.

FCPX to DaVinci Resolve

FCPX to DaVinci Resolve: Export XMLNavigate to Export XML.

  1. Load your current edit into the timeline (called a "project" in FCPX) and navigate to Export XML. You can then save it in your preferred location.
  2. Open determination and navigate to Import AAF, EDL, XML.
  3. You can import the XML from FCPX without interference, which is convenient. Choose Your file and click Import.
  4. A new window will appear allowing you to choose different options. I advise voting out Use size information to make sure your edit stays as it appears in FCPX.
  5. When you hit Use color informationThe grades you created with the color chart in FCPX are displayed.
  6. Choose OK and your timeline will be imported along with your footage. You can find it in the media pool.

Premiere for FCPX

Premiere on FCPX: loading your editUpload your editing.

  1. Open premiere and burden Edit.
  2. Navigate to Export> Final Cut Pro XML and save your file in a convenient location.
  3. You will need to purchase new software again to make your XML compatible with FCPX and Resolve. Visit the Intelligent Assistance website or the App Store to purchase them SendtoX).
  4. Once you've downloaded it, Right click Your file and select Open with> SendtoX.
  5. When a new window appears, select the Library You want to import the processing into.
  6. Once you've done that, Premiere will create a new event and import your timeline and footage into that event.

Solve premiere

  1. Follow steps 1 through 3 Premiere for FCPX Instructions above.
  2. Open determination and navigate to Import AAF, EDL, XML.
  3. Select your file and click Import.
  4. A new window will appear allowing you to choose different options. I advise voting out Use size information to make sure your edit stays as it appears in FCPX.
  5. When you hit Use color informationThe grades you created with the color chart in FCPX are displayed.
  6. Choose OK and your timeline will be imported along with your footage added to the media pool.

How to work with XML files in these three different editing software. It's a lot easier than it seems at first glance, and it's well worth mastering!

For more tips and tricks on editing, see these additional articles.

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