You can import entire projects, selected clips, or selected sequences that you export from Final Cut Pro as XML files. In Premiere Pro, bins and clips have the same hierarchies and names that they have in the Final Cut Pro source projects. Also, Premiere Pro retains the sequence markers, sequence settings, track layout, locked tracks, and sequence timecode start points of Final Cut Pro source projects. Premiere Pro imports text from the Final Cut Pro Text generators into Premiere Pro titles.

Note:

You cannot import native Final Cut Pro project files, only XML files exported from Final Cut Pro. You can export Final Cut Pro XML files from Premiere Pro. The effects that are tranlated from Premiere Pro are the same as those that are imported from a Final Cut Pro XML f ile.

Note:

Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro 7 (and earlier) can share Final Cut Pro XML files for data exchange. To exchange information between Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro, you can use a third party tool called "Xto7." For more information on using this tool, see here.

For a list of items in Premiere Pro that are translated from a Final Cut Pro XML file, see Final Cut Pro clip data, Final Cut Pro effects and transitions, Final Cut Pro composite modes, and Final Cut Pro Multiclips. Also, see the PDF, Appendix D: Working with Final Cut Pro from the Editor's Guide to Premiere Pro by Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman, and Jeff Greenberg for more information.

Additional resources about importing Final Cut Pro projects are linked to from this article on the Adobe website.

Learn tutorial

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

Import an XML file from Final Cut Pro

  1. Export an XML file from Final Cut Pro. For more information, see Final Cut Pro Help.
  2. In Final Cut Pro, close the source project.
  3. In Premiere Pro, select File >Import.
  4. Browse to the XML file, and click Open.

Final Cut Pro clip data

Clip data in the Description, Scene, ShotTake, and LogNote fields in Final Cut Pro appear in the clip metadata fields with the same names in Premiere Pro.

Final Cut Pro effects and transitions

Premiere Pro retains the basic motion and opacity effects, and motion and opacity keyframes, from Final Cut Pro source projects. Additionally, Premiere Pro converts some Final Cut Pro effects and transitions according to the following tables:

Table 1. Conversion of Final Cut Pro video effects

Final Cut Pro effect

Premiere Pro effect

Crop

Crop

Eight-Point Garbage Matte

Eight-Point Garbage Matte

Four-Point Garbage Matte

Four-Point Garbage Matte

Gaussian Blur (provided the channel selection in Final Cut Pro is Alpha+RGB.)

Gaussian Blur

Luma Key

Luma Key

Three-Way Color Corrector

Three-Way Color Corrector

Table 2. Conversion of Final Cut Pro video transitions

Final Cut Pro transition

Premiere Pro transition

Dip To White

Dip To White

Dip to [color]

Dip To Black

Edge Wipe transitions

Wipe, with the wipe direction rounded to the closest of the eight Premiere Pro supported directions.

Other video transitions

Cross Dissolve

Table 3. Conversion of Final Cut Pro audio effects

Final Cut Pro audio effect

Premiere Pro audio effect

Audio level values and keyframes

Audio clip volume values and keyframes

Audio pan values and keyframes

Track pan values and keyframes

Low Pass Filter

Lowpass

High Pass Filter

Highpass

Band Pass Filter

Bandpass

Table 4. Conversion of Final Cut Pro audio transitions

Final Cut Pro audio transition

Premiere Pro audio transition

Cross Fade (0 dB)

Constant Gain

Cross Fade (+3 dB)

Constant Power

Other transitions

Constant Power

Final Cut Pro composite modes

Premiere Pro retains the basic motion and opacity effects, and motion and opacity keyframes, from Final Cut Pro source projects. Premiere Pro converts Final Cut Pro composite modes according to the following table:

Final Cut Pro mode

Premiere Pro mode

Normal

Normal

Add

Linear Dodge (Add)

Subtract

Not supported

Difference

Difference

Multiply

Multiply

Screen

Screen

Overlay

Overlay

Hard Light

Hard Light

Soft Light

Soft Light

Darken

Darken

Lighten

Lighten

Travel Matte Alpha

Not supported

Travel Matte Luma

Not supported

Final Cut Pro Multiclips

Premiere Pro converts uncollapsed Final Cut Pro Multiclips, with as many as four inputs, to Multi-camera sequences. Premiere Pro converts collapsed Multiclips to individual clips.

Note:

Premiere Pro issues a warning when you try to import a Multiclip with more than four inputs.

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