FCP7 to FCPX Red Workflow – Part 02

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FCP7 to FCPX Part 2:

  1. Open FCPX and select the drive you’d like to have your event saved to. If you want to keep your media where it is, and only have clip refs in your event, deselect “import as original media” and all transcoding options from FCPX import prefs.
  2. Import the XML from Resolve you made. FCPX will make a new event and project for your media. Note, those will still be named after your original FCP7 sequence, so you may want to rename the event and project.
  3. Open 7 to X and select your original FCP7 XML (not the one you made to go to resolve) for import into FCPX.
  4. Your sequence(s) will be converted to compound clip(s) and placed into a keyword collection named “FCP7” sequences, and your medial from those sequences will live in the top level of the new event.
  5. Add the compound clip of your sequence into a new project, and import your reference movie into FCPX.
  6. Append the reference movie to your Resolve project, and then set its opacity to 50%.
    Check through your sequence to make sure everything came in properly and correct any errors you find. If you do find that Resolve connected to the wrong clips and you need to replace them, find the starting timecode of the shot in your project, then jump to that same shot in your X to 7 sequence, find the original clip name of the clip that supposed to be there, drag the original R3D into your Resolve event (if it’s not there already), and then in the info tab inspector look at the media start time of the clip in the X to 7 sequence. Push ctrl-y to turn on “(show skimmer info)” in the Event browser, and go to that timecode on the original R3D. Set your “in”, and then an out relatively soon after, and append that clip to your resolve sequence. Enable/disable your reference sequence to confirm it’s the right clip.
  7. To get you FCP7 position/motion tab settings back, scroll through the resolve sequence (with your reference movie set to 50% opacity on top). When something doesn’t look right, copy and paste attributes from that same clip in your Xto7 project onto the matching clip in the resolve sequence.
  8. To match your speed adjusted clips, do the same as step 8. To speed this process up, select your whole x to 7 sequence then push cmd-R to show the retime editor for your clips. Copy and paste attributes for clips that aren’t green to matching clips in your resolve sequence.
  9. To reconnect audio, either detach audio from your reference movie if you just need a reference, or copy and paste audio from the Xto7 sequence.
  10. Once you’ve got everything correct in your resolve sequence and matching your FCP7 original, feel free to grade your raw now, then grade in FCPX, or send back to Resolve for finishing. Your to and from Resolve should have no issues now.