Larry Jordan is once again at the head of the curve on Final Cut with his blog published today
The new XML import and Export is hugely important and shows the beginnings of Apple's avowed commitment to the Pro User.
I was shown an XML export of an FCP X project directly into a pre-release version of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Lite! This replicates the ability to send a project to Color, with fewer restrictions and faster export. The Apple representatives told me that the entire DaVinci line would support XML transfers from FCP X.
This is great news for anyone looking to do serious color grading of their FCP projects.
Another use of XML involved CatDV. Again, Apple showed a collection of media stored and cataloged in CatDV, a great media asset manager for the Mac. We built a short rough-cut, using clips stored in CatDV then, with a single AppleEvent keyboard shortcut which activated an Apple Event — Shift+Command+X — the entire rough cut was sent to FCP X, along with all the media and project data. The whole XML transfer process took about two seconds from pressing the button to seeing the new Event with media and the Project opened in the Timeline. This was very impressive.
Two other programs that use XML transfer were mentioned:
AutoDesk Smoke. You can export an FCP X project into Smoke for finishing. (This is lovely!)
Atomos, I was told, is also launching an export utility for their file-based digital recorders that transfers ProRes files and metadata directly into FCP X. In fact, more than 20 companies are in the process of announcing new utilities or programs to work with the new version. (As we realized at the launch, XML import and export is the critical first step to unlocking the flow of third-party applications.)