Jumping from Final Cut to After Effects

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SonicOrbStudios
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I recently started editing on Final Cut Pro 7 and a Mac Pro however I'm used to running Adobe Premiere so I could easily jump between Premiere and After Effects.

My question is, after I get all the basic editing done in Final Cut and want to add lower third titles and such, how to I jump the final result into After Effects?

I am editing DVCPro media shot in 16:9 on a Pannasonic 615.
We have the whole studio bundle if that helps.

Thanks

Dave

dominicwitherow
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If you have CS5 you can easily roundtrip to AE from FCP via PP (loving the letters here!), using export to XML in FCP. PP takes in the XML and reproduces your edit perfectly (as long as you haven't used any effects etc in FCP). You can then just send it to AE as normal.

The other way is to export your FCP sequence as a stand alone movie and import that as AE footage and work on your titles etc there. This assumes you are not doing any colouring or visual effects on the actual footage in AE.

There is also a script on the web which will help you transfer FCP sequences to AE (prior to CS5) also using XML - it's dead easy, just follow the instructions.

I hope that all helps?

Dominic

MattDavis
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Two approaches here:

Firstly, export the sequence to a self contained movie using a robust codec such as ProRes or ProRes HQ, and import this into After Effects.

Alternatively, using in- and out- points, isolate the bit you want to work on, export THAT as a self contained movie, work on that bit in AfterEffects, render THAT out to ProRes HQ and bring that back into FCP. Sort of 'manual round-tripping'.

The former would be for macro work like scaling, frame rate changes, re-interlacing, or global applications of a 'look' perhaps.

The latter would be for complex motion graphics (e.g. 'virtual' control surfaces, motion matched chromakey, complex travel mattes).

But this may be the wrong way round if you're just including motion graphics into an edit. I do a lot of work with a PC based After Effects motion graphics designer, who provides most of his stuff as a QuickTime 'Animation+' movie (i.e. it has an alpha channel), and I do all the comping in FCP.

If you're looking for strong colour correction tools (better than the FCP ones at any rate), I strongly recommend Colorista Free from Red Giant:

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/free/

I've used it from back when it cost lots of money, and never needed Apple's Color as a result. Powerful tools within.

Matt Davis - Director/Editor - Write, shoot, edit, publish - website & Blog
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sleepytom
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automaticduck is designed for this. Its not needed these days due to PP's xml import function.

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SonicOrbStudios
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Well, we are on After Effects CS4 so I can't use the easy method...

I figure the best way is rendering out the full final cut from Final Cut and put it into AE CS4 however what is the best format to export as from FCP?
I'm guessing I should go though compressor?

I'm fairly new to Macs and Final Cut as well.

Edit:
What about using Motion 4 for titles?

Dave

dominicwitherow
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Just export it direct from your sequence, in whatever codec the sequence is, ie without any extra compressing/processing. AE will handle it fine there and when you export back it'll still be the same format.

Just to make it more manageable, though, follow Matt's advice re in and out points if you are only going to work on certain sections.

Also, try using the script I posted a link to - it really is very, very easy and works very well.

Dominic

cameraboy
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If your creating Lower Thirds etc why do all this exporting/importing of chunks of media when a quick way around this would be to just take a screen grab still of the part of the sequence that you want to add the Lower Third over (Shift+CMD 4) and import that into AE. Thanks the way I use to create opener and this kind of thing when I'm using Motion with FCP its a massive time saver.