An app that adds camera EXIF metadata to files imported into Final Cut Pro has just had a large update. evrExpanse 3 now supports transcoding and XML import.

The problem with niche apps is that sometimes it's a bit hard to work out what they do. We covered the launch of EVR X back in March 2019 with the tagline:

'EVR X is an inexpensive app that turns EXIF camera data into keywords for video files in Final Cut Pro X. They can then be searched, sorted and even turned into Smart Collection.'

And that is still correct, by running files through the app, EXIF camera data can appear as finder tags and thus become keywords in your FCP Library. Let's take a look at this handy chart from the developers that shows what data will work from each camera.

evrExpanse3 tag comp


The new version, on sale at €44 has had a major update that takes the concept further with bulk transcoding and import.

So what is new in evrExpanse 3?

- Final Cut Pro XML import with media file and metadata.
- Assimilate SCRATCH integration with media and metadata.
- ASC MHL integration for creating MHL’s files.

Now, the first line is obviously of interest to FCP users, the FCPXML export function produces a *.fcpxml (FCPXML v 1.9) or a *.fcmld (FCPXMLD v 1.10) file that allows you to import the processed media files and their metadata into a new FCP event within an existing FCP library. Every media file already present in an FCP library/event/ timeline inherits the imported metadata of the corresponding processed files.  

This could save a lot of time if in the post production process you need to sort media by this metadata from the table above. You could sort by camera or even lens type which might help when sending off shots for VFX for example.

evrExpanse300 mainGUI


We suggest you download the free trial to run the app in your post production timeline. Well worth exploring the possibilities as this app just might be the final piece in a post workflow that would allow Final Cut Pro to do some very clever things.




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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

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