Friday saw the release of Resolve 8.1, an update to the color grading tool that now allows the import and export of FCPX projects. What followed however was a weekend of discovery when editors realised they could use this to swap projects between FCPX and FCP7.

You might have seen the posting we published from the recent Montreal Final Cut User Group where Blackmagic Design's Resolve was demonstrated by Patrick Inhofer. Mathieu Marano who is one of the organisers of the group decided to take the new 8.1 for a spin. The new version supports the import and export of FCPXML which allows you to roundtrip your projects from FCPX into Resolve for colour grading and then back to FCPX.

We will post Mathieu's first video which shows the roundtripping process and also details how Resolve keeps the timewarp effect and dissolve that he applied to the original project. Keep reading though as this is not the best bit of news!

Resolve also supports XML import and export, so Mathieu thought he would try using Resolve as a bridge or translator to get an FCPX project into Final Cut Pro 7.

And what do you know, it worked!

So just let us run that past you again. A third party has built (as a nice by-product) a tool for converting FCPX projects into Final Cut Pro 7 sequences and vice a versa. This is huge news as Apple have been saying it is extremely difficult to achieve and are not going to support this often requested feature anywhere in the near future.

There are some caveats though. It looks like audio is not supported and something funky is going on with the substitution of effects, but hey, FCPX isn't even four months old yet!

We think this is a good indication that the FCPX/FCP7 interchange problem isn't going to be a problem in the long run. If Blackmagic can engineer a tool that performs this task as an 'extra' to its main function, then you can be sure that there are applications around the corner that are being custom built for the job.

We end on a thank you to Mathieu for not only sending us the information, but also claiming the discovery of this feature by banging his Canadian flag into it first.

Now does anybody know if the free version of Resolve does this???

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

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.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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