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  • FCPX won’t import XML (exported from FCPX)

    Posted by Johanna Gustavsson on March 28, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve been editing in Final Cut Pro X (10.0.8) on my computer, exported an XML file to be able to work with my project on another computer. I use an external hard drive for my project (where all the original files are placed, as well as my FCPX events and projects). Did so and all went well. When I was done working on the other computer (with FCPX 10.1.2) I did the same thing, exported an XML the same way as I’d done on my own computer. When I am now back at my own computer to import the XML it won’t open. I get the message

    “The operation couldn’t be completed. Invalid argument”

    This is of course not fun at all, since I’ve spent a lot of time and done a lot to my work on another computer. Do you know any way to get the xml exported from the other computer into mine?

    In worst case, do you know if there’s any way to pick it up from the other computer in another way that could make me get the work I’ve done there? The events might be deleted from that computer, but possibly restored through backup.

    Thankful for any help!

    Ben Balser
    replied 3 weeks ago
    5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    10.1.2 has a different version of XML that is not compatible with importing to FCP 10.0.8. You can import the 10.0 version to 10.1, but not the other way around.

    You would have to upgrade the 10.0.8 install to 10.1


  • Oliver Peters

    March 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t believe you can cross between post-10.1 and pre-10.1 versions using FCPXML, as the version of FCPXML also changed. My guess is that compatibility only works from old to new versions. If you can upgrade, then you might try using Xto7 and 7toX convert between them, but you might run into the same issue unless you have an older version of those.

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

  • Johanna Gustavsson

    March 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Really, so it is like that.. And I really tried to find anything about this before and didn’t, only that it doesn’t work between FCPX and FCP7. Couldn’t imagine since it’s the same file type that it wouldn’t work.

    Thank you a lot for reply though.

    So I’m considering upgrading my FCPX to a post-10.1 version. Do you know if that would work on OS X Mountain Lion?

  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    10.1 requires OS 10.9, unfortunately

  • Johanna Gustavsson

    March 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Okay. I guess I just have to redo this time then. Thanks for the help again, and now the information about working between different versions of Final Cut will be easily available to others 🙂

  • Ted Irving

    November 7, 2023 at 3:13 am

    years later with fcpx 10.6.8 and still same problem. I click on the project, choose export xml and then i export both fcpx versions. Next, i send to colleague in a different city with exact fcpx version of mine & it won’t read the fcpxmla. WTH?!!

  • Ben Balser

    November 7, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    I do it weekly and it works fine, as long as we both have the same 3rd party and self-made templates and plugins, 10.6.10. Be sure to select the correct Metadata View, I’d suggest General if not Extended, depending on what your co-editor needs. And I’d use version 1.10. If you’re both on 10.6.10 there shouldn’t be any issues.

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