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  • Need to restore an old FCP 7 project, for use in FCP X and don’t have FCP 7 anymore…

    Posted by Peter Price on January 27, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Hi all,

    I know this might be a dated question. I have not used FCP 7 in quite sometime and moved on sometime in 2012/2013. However I recently came upon a situation where I need to restore an old FCP 7 project, and convert it into an XML friendly format to use in FCP X or Davinci Resolve. But I don’t have an old enough system to run a legacy copy of FCP 7 or a copy of FCP 7 anymore. Am I out of luck or has someone developed a way to convert native fcp files into XML’s without the use of the old FCP 7 software??

    Sara Webb replied 3 weeks, 1 day ago 12 Members · 40 Replies
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  • Jeff Kirkland

    January 27, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I haven’t seen any alternative so, as far as I know, you’ll need to find someone who has FCP7 and can open the project and export the project XML. On the plus side, they shouldn’t need the media so you should be able to email the project file to whoever you find that still has a copy.

    Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer & Cinematographer
    Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland

  • Doug Metz

    January 28, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Hey Peter,

    I keep a legacy workstation with FCP 7 for just such an emergency.

    If you’re willing to send / post the old project file, I’ll convert it.

    Doug Metz


  • Samuel Vincent

    September 17, 2023 at 12:04 am

    Hi Doug, I know this post is old but can you convert a Final Cut Pro 7 project to XML for me please?

    Thank you

  • Doug Metz

    September 18, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Sure! Do you just need the XML, or are you planning to bring it into FCPX? If so, the XML will also need to be converted to .fcpxml (can also do that).

  • Ben Balser

    September 21, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    The XML files from legacy FCP are NOT compatible with the FCPXML files FCPX requires.

    You’d have to use Resolve or X2Pro to get the legacy XML file converted into something FCPX will understand.

  • Doug Metz

    September 21, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    You’re thinking of SendToX, which is what I use for that conversion.

  • Ben Balser

    September 23, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    X2Pro, audio conversions, right, got the two confused.

  • Austin Wilson

    November 30, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Doug, I was curious if you’re still able to convert a Final Cut Pro 7 project to XML for me as well please? It’d be a HUGE life saver!

    Thank you, Austin Wilson

  • Doug Metz

    November 30, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    Absolutely. I’ll need the project file of course.

    Just standard XML out for PPr import, or would you need .fcpxml?

  • Austin Wilson

    December 1, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Thanks so much Doug!

    I believe I need a FCPXML

    I’ll be using the xml to transfer the project to the current FCPX on a MacBook Pro.

    I attached the fcp 7 project link below, along with the needed instructions –

    -After opening “WANGULA JFK 05-15-20.fcp”,

    >open CUTS folder

    The needed XML export is titled “WANGULA NEW SUBTITLES v9-16 to AW 05-15-20”

    I truly appreciate your efforts Doug!

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