7toX Works Perfectly

So I was editing in some projects that were started in Final Cut Pro 7 in 2011, and today was the day to put them to bed, get them uploaded to a website that’s launching soon. After about 4 hours, I was getting frustrated with waiting for FCP 7 to finish rendering, the time it took to export a QuickTime conversion, having to move clips around manually to avoid collisions and so on. For the fifth and final video, which was A-rolled with a little B-roll, I wanted to work faster. After working exclusively in it, I knew that using Final Cut Pro X would make my life a lot easier. Prior to that, I’d spend maybe 65% of my editing in FCP 7, the rest in FCP X. It was time to use 7toX, Philip Hodgetts and Gregory Clarke’s terrific new app.

So I exported an XML file from FCP 7, did the conversion in 7toX — it happened fast, then opened the project in Final Cut Pro X. (Here are detailed instructions on Assisted Editing’s website.) Pretty much everything transferred over without a problem, except some Boris Title 3D credits I did. No problem, I deleted them and used FCP X’s titling feature to take care of it. It had to render, of course, which it did in the background (and was very fast). I finished B-rolling, and even let FCP X do some intelligent color correcting, which I then touched up manually.

I know, I know, why did it take me so long? I guess I just resisted the temptation to start transferring legacy FCP 7 projects to FCP X, because there’s always that worry that I may end up having to do more work to clean things up, which I didn’t on this particular project. I resisted at first, but I’m glad I finally did. 7toX works, and it works great.

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  1. Hi Heath,

    At times, as we know for fact, we would need to re-load FCP software discs onto our PC/ laptops in order to repair a possible technical malfunctioning. Having the software itself on discs would allow those who cut film projects on machines, i.e. Apple Mac Pro, which are not connected to internet and/or are in places where they cannot have/get a connection to an internet connection point; to easily access the FCP discs at will. FCP X is only in its digital downloadable version, giving the nightmarish thoughts of getting stuck in the middle of a film project editing with no access to internet whilst needing to re-load the software to pin-point and repair tech. problems.

    To your what is the way out should one get in this position? Non-responsive FCP X, needing to re-load the entire software, no access to internet whilst let’s, by some horrendous misfortune, one has either deleted the previously digital downloaded version or simply cannot get access to it and/or its shortcut.



    • hmcknight
    • April 21st, 2012 10:25pm

    For me, I haven’t had to reload FCP ever, that I can remember. You don’t have an internet line on your Mac Pro?

    • Hi Heath 🙂

      I do but it had happened to me more than once that I had to re-upload some filmmaking which was made available only in its digital downloadable format. It was some suffering as I could not connect to internet nor to original downloaded one.

      There is this precautions feeling which usually come with digital downloadable formats. It’s like if in trouble and not connected to internet, your fate is already doomed. :-/

    • hmcknight
    • April 23rd, 2012 1:01pm

    Then you won’t be happy to know that Adobe is making their preferred way of registering is via the internet:



  2. Oh dear Lord 🙂 Well, I don’t really use Adobe apart from for photographic purposes.

    I have ordered SATA 2 TB hard-drive for my Apple Mac Pro and will be purchasing and downloading (:-/) FCP X tomorrow. I am also going to get the latest versions of Compressor as well as Motion.

    I suppose it should not be a tough task opening film projects in FCP 06 with FCP X?



    • hmcknight
    • April 23rd, 2012 4:30pm

    Make sure you have 7toX: http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/7toX/

    And read this: http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/7toX/about.html

    And look on the sidebar (right) for a tidbit on FCP 6. I think you’ll be fine. This is EXCITING! Going to FCP X, you’ll be happy. Here are training options: http://heathmcknight.com/2011/06/final-cut-pro-x-training-options/

    Pro training: http://heathmcknight.com/tag/final-cut-pro-x-training/

  3. Hi Heath,

    Just got the 2TB Hitachi HD Internal Hard-drive and have loaded it. It’s taking its time formatting it 🙂 The next step will be to upload Mac OS X Leopard and then I suppose purchasing the FCP X, together with Motion 5 and Compressor 4. 🙂

    I’m going to go through the links you’ve sent me here above and thank you so much for your time, expertise and above all, your valuable friendship! You surely rock my friend! 🙂



  4. The fact that I don’t have a later version of FCP 6.0.1, I reckon, should not cause any troubles in purchasing and downloading FCP X. Right?


  5. In their FAQ, it says:

    “We haven’t tested with FCP 6 but believe it will work with XML from 6. We have a concern with speed changes from FCP 6 as that changed between versions, but we’re committed to making it work with FCP 6.”

    It’s scary :-/ BUT EXCITING!!! Ha ha ha… Can’t wait to get the FCP X up and running with minimal hassles especially getting to a stage where I have already transfered my older files from FCP 6.0.1 to FCP X. 🙂

    • hmcknight
    • April 25th, 2012 1:36pm

    It doesn’t matter what version of FCP 1-7 you have, it’s all about a fresh new version, fresh start. Assisted Editing is great about tech support: http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/contact.html

    Good luck!!

      • Stephen
      • April 27th, 2012 12:10pm

      Hey Heath,

      Does Fcp x still not supporting Xml exporting?

      I was surfing and studying thru Apple.com and under an article on Fcp x, it said that as Color and Sound are now in one application with Fcp itself, there is this high probability that in between transferring old projects from fcp 7 lower to Fcp x, one could lose data related to color or sound or both.

      Im going for fcp x anyway, however, I believe Apple might have released Fcp x earlier than it should have. This could well be as a result of fierce competition to release newly developed software etc. With other makers.


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