Exporting a project as an EDL file

You can export a data file that describes the project and enables you to re-create it either with related media or by using another editing system.

With Premiere Pro, you can export your project as an edit decision list (EDL) in the CMX3600 format. This format is the most widely accepted and most robust of the EDL formats.

Working with EDL files

  • EDLs work best with projects that contain no more than one video track, two stereo audio tracks, and no nested sequences. Most standard transitions, frame holds, and clip speed changes also work well in EDLs.

  • Capture and log all the source material with the correct timecode.

  • The capture device (for example, capture card or FireWire port) must have device control that uses timecode.

  • Videotapes must each have a unique reel number and be formatted with timecode before you shoot video.

  1. Open or save the project that you want to export as an EDL.
  2. Make sure that a Timeline panel is active, and then choose File > Export > EDL.
  3. In the EDL Export Settings (CMX 3600) dialog box, specify which video and audio tracks you want to export.

    You can export one video track and up to four audio channels, or two stereo tracks.

  4. Specify the location and name for the EDL file, and click Save.
  5. Click OK.


Merged clips are supported in standardized EDLs. EDLs interpret the merged clip sequence track items in the same way they currently do for separate audio and audio clips that are used together in the sequence at the same time locations. The target application does not show the clips as merged. The audio and video are seen as separate clips. The source timecode is used for both video and audio portions.

Displaying longer character names in EDL

Clip names with more than eight characters long get truncated due to the limit set by EDL 8 character specifications. To see the full clip name:

  1. Choose File > Export > EDL.

  2. In the EDL Export Settings (CMX 3600) dialog box, select the 32-character names check-box. This option enables support for tape and clip names with 32 characters.

    EDL Export settings
  3. Click OK.

About the AAF plug-in

The AAF Export plug-in converts Premiere Pro projects as follows:

Cuts-only mono/stereo audio and video

The plug-in fully supports these elements of a project. The plug-in does not convert audio pan, gain, and level changes, and 5.1 audio. Stereo audio channels are separated into two tracks in the Avid Media Composer sequence.

Clip speed

The plug-in converts video clip speed changes (slow, fast, reverse playback) to the Avid Media Composer Motion Effect, which is the only supported effect. Clip speed applied to nested sequences is also converted. Avid Media Composer does not have an equivalent to Motion Effect for audio. If the speed change makes the audio clip longer than the source media, the plug-in stretches the audio clip to the same length as the rest of the source media. The plug-in begins at the StartTime, and places filler in the gap. You can fix these portions of the sequence manually in the Avid editing system.

Batch captured or redigitized files

The plug-in retains the tape name specified in the AAF file. Use the Batch Record capability in Avid Media Composer to recapture the media from tape.  

Footage of varying dimensions

The plug-in exports the project at full resolution. However, importing scales all footage according to the resolution specified in the Avid project.

Nested sequences

The plug-in builds the master composition from the nested sequences recursively (because Avid Media Composer does not support linking to the nested sequences). Therefore, in the AAF file, there’s no linking between the master composition and the nested sequences.


The plug-in converts titles to offline media in Avid Media Composer.

Bin hierarchy

Avid Media Composer places all items into a single bin. Projects with multiple bins convert into one bin.

Graphic files

The plug-in saves a reference to all original files, but compatibility in Avid Media Composer is limited to the formats that it supports. (See the Avid Media Composer documentation for information on supported graphic file formats.)

Project elements

The plug-in converts synthetic clips, such as Bars and Tone, Black Video, Color Matte, and Universal Counting Leader to offline media in XDV.

Sequence and clip markers

The plug-in converts all sequence markers, except the sequence In and Out markers, to locators on the timecode (TC1) track in Avid Media Composer. The Chapter, URL, and Frame Target fields are not converted because Avid Media Composer has no equivalents. The plug-in converts clip markers to segment markers in Avid Media Composer.


The AAF Export plug-in ignores markers located beyond the end of the sequence.

Current-time indicator position

In the exported file, the current-time indicator retains its original position if it is within the duration of the sequence. Otherwise, the plug-in places the current-time indicator at the end of the Avid Media Composer sequence.

Exporting a Final Cut Pro project XML file

Switch from Final Cut Pro

Learn the simple XML workflow for exporting projects from Final Cut Pro and importing them into Premiere Pro.

  1. Choose File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.

  2. You can now see the Save Converted Project As window. Browse to choose a location for the XML file, and type a filename and click Save. Premiere Pro saves the sequence to an XML file at the specified location. 

    Exporting a Final Cut Pro project XML File
    Exporting a Final Cut Pro project XML File

  3. Also, Premiere Pro saves a log of any conversion problems in a text file also at the same location. The log filename contains the words FCP Translation Results (which is optional). If necessary, read the log file for descriptions of any translation issues.

Exporting a Final Cut Pro XML file from Premiere Pro turns merged clips into nested sequences in Final Cut Pro.


Note that exporting a Final Cut Pro XML file from Premiere Pro turns merged clips into nested sequences in Final Cut Pro. Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro 7 (and earlier) can share Final Cut Pro XML files for data exchange. To share data between Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro, you can also use a third-party tool called "Xto7." For more information on using this tool, see the XtoCC tutorial.


Opening Premiere Pro projects created using newer versions of Premiere Pro

If you have created a Premiere Pro project using a newer version of Premiere Pro but your trial version has expired, you can still open the newer files using your existing version. Follow the steps mentioned here.

  1. Choose File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.

  2. You can now see the Save Converted Project As window. Browse to choose a location for the XML file, and type a filename and click Save. Premiere Pro saves the sequence to an XML file at the specified location. 

    Saving Premiere Pro project as .xml file
    Saving Premiere Pro project as .xml file

  3. You can now open this XML file with earlier versions of Premiere Pro.