Final Cut XML

The Final Cut XML export cre­ates a XML file with instance infor­ma­tion that can be import­ed into Final Cut Pro 6.0 or greater.

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To use this export, select some instances in a time­line, choose File > Export > Final Cut XML. There are two export type options in the save dia­log at the bot­tom: Clips & Markers.

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The Clips option will export each instance as a clip in the project bin. So, each instance will be row in the clip bin and treat­ed individually.

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Markers is the oth­er option. The instance movie start and end times will be import­ed into Final Cut as Markers to the time­line movie. Instance infor­ma­tion such as labels is includ­ed in the mark­er mak­ing it con­ve­nient to see data about the mark­er. See the Final Cut doc­u­men­ta­tion for more information.

Both for­mats of the file that is cre­at­ed will have all the clip infor­ma­tion includ­ing row, instance num­ber and tran­scrip­tion infor­ma­tion. The row name and instance num­ber will appear as the name of the clip or mark­er in Final Cut. The time­line file name will appear in the mas­ter com­ment 1 sec­tion of the bin and the tran­scrip­tion notes will appear in the clip com­ment sec­tion of the bin.


The XML file ref­er­ences the movie data which is like­ly a ref­er­ence movie, mov­ing the source movies will dis­con­nect the media and the clips will have to be relinked in Final Cut. There are some sit­u­a­tions that can cause Final Cut trou­bles when resolv­ing the movie ref­er­ences that are based on oth­er movie ref­er­ences and so on. It is best to try not have a lot of movie ref­er­ences built on top of each oth­er. The clos­er the source movie is in the data ref­er­enced in the XML file, the bet­ter the chances every­thing will work consistently.