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  • FCP7 to FCPX

    Posted by Anthony Koelker on July 13, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Anyone know of a company or person who can convert an old Final Cut Pro 7 library file to FCPX? I’ve got to revisit a project from a decade ago and can no longer launch 7. Thank you!

    Eric Santiago replied 10 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Doug Metz

    July 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    I can do it. Zip up the FC7 project file and I’ll do the XML output, and bring it into a new FCPX library. Having done this before, I will tell you that it’s not an exact science and there will be anomalies that you’ll need to work around.

    I don’t need the footage, you can relink when you get the library back.

  • John Fishback

    July 13, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    If you have an XML file of the FCP 7 project, there’s a program called 7toX which might work for you. I’ve never used it, but have read it’s worked for some. Here’s a link.

  • Anthony Koelker

    July 13, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you. I used to have 7toX, but that’s been lost to the ages. Having gone through this process some years ago, I realize it’s not a 100% restoration. But, not having to completely start over would be great. I’ve attached a zipped file. I sure appreciate the support.

  • Doug Metz

    July 13, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Hm. This is an event file, from the early days of FCPX. I don’t have 10.1, so can’t do anything with it unfortunately.

    Maybe this was an early conversion from 7 to X, and you have a .fcp project file from FC 7?

  • Anthony Koelker

    July 13, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    I’m probably out of luck. Everything that might be a project file (all from 2011) has an appendix of .fcpevent. I’ll keep digging to see if I can find something else. Thanks for taking a look.

  • Anthony Koelker

    July 13, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    If you have time, this may be it. Or part of it. If not, I’ll start anew. I have some many old Firewire 800 RAIDs, I could make an artificial reef. Thank you.

  • Doug Metz

    July 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Looks like that was it! Attached are your original .fcp file, the XML output (with batch list), a few screenshots showing what was in there, and a new FCPX Library with the whole thing imported.

    Just need to relink the footage and you should be good!

  • Anthony Koelker

    July 13, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Oh Man!!! I cannot thank you enough. There is an exhibit opening at the Met in September and this material is the documenting of the excavation of an 1820’s fire-breathing dragon kiln in the Old Edgefield District of South Carolina.

    Send me your particulars so I can add you to the credits.

    I wish you well in all you do and for being a fine fellow in our trade.

  • Singleton Makin

    July 15, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    This sounds exciting. Please let us know if the relinking worked?

    I have a huge fcp7 project originally from an Avid 5x file.

    The fcp3 to fcp5 and up to fcpstudio QuickTime upgrade hustle left me flummoxed about sync issues.

    In the end relinking was a nightmare

    But in my case of watching this thread I am trying to follow any success stories. That actually follow through with the conversion process.

    Thanks again for any news

    As I also need fcp7 help:

    I’m regards to details about creating a XML EDL for using in Resolve or Adobe.


  • Doug Metz

    July 15, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I can’t test this right now, but I’m fairly certain that an XML export from FCP 7 can be imported directly into Premiere.

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