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  • downgrade FCP 6 to 5

    Posted by Francois Stark on November 6, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I have a client who purchased FCStudio2 (FCP 6). He delivers work that we have to “finish” and play out after final mix. However, we have 8 suites, all on FCP 5.

    So is there an easy way to downgrade to FCP 5? How do I uninstall FCP 6 to re-install FCP 5?


    Alan Michel replied 14 years, 5 months ago 7 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    November 6, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    How do you finish the project? What steps do you take?

    You can export an XML of the cut from FCP 6 and FCP 5 can recognize that. I believe XML V2.


    Littlefrog Post


  • Lee Berger

    November 6, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    FCP 5 will open XML version 3

    Lee Berger

  • Aaron Zander

    November 6, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    [Lee Berger] “FCP 5 will open XML version 3”

    actually fc v5 (the base version) will only go to version 2.0 I believe, but going as far as 5.1.4 will open all the way to the second highest (is that xml version 5?)

  • Lee Berger

    November 6, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks. I was able to open a version 3 in 5.1.4, but not version 4

    Lee Berger

  • Russell Lasson

    November 6, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    We use XML all the time to transfer sequences between 5 and 6. It’s worked really well.


  • Francois Stark

    November 6, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Hi all
    Thanks for the input, but nobody answered my question…

    How can I uninstall FCS2 in order to re-install FCS1?

    And yes, we have been using XML V3 to get projects from FCP 6 to FCP 5.1.4. It works pretty well, except for all our boris 3D titles that get replaced by gradients. We also stay away from speed changes, since we all know that reconnecting media on speed changed clips are unpredictable. And the xml process forces FCP to reconnect to the media.

    I suppose the best way to uninstall would be a clean re-format and install. I suppose I’ll have to go over to leapard on the client’s system, re-install MS office, pull all the email over, copy all documents, and then install FCP 5, upgrade to 5.1 and then up to 5.1.4.

    How does FCP 5.1.4 run on leopard? Does quicktime use the same version on 10.4 and on 10.5? I suppose that would be quite a rare installation…


  • Russell Lasson

    November 6, 2007 at 9:26 pm
  • Francois Stark

    November 7, 2007 at 5:49 am


  • Garrett Bradley

    June 7, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Russ,
    You wrote that you have experience transfering projects from FCP 6 to FCP 5. I am trying to do exactly that and keep coming across an alter asking me to choose a transitional format of sorts. Any suggestions on how to take my final project which has been mixed in 6.1 and bring it back onto my own computer which has 5.1.4 using an xml?

  • Alan Michel

    February 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Russ,

    Can you give me some tips on how to do this. We are working in High Schools that have mixed versions of FCP and we are always running into problems with incompatibility on various machines.

    I appreciate your help.



    Alan Michel
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