EDL-X 2.0: For Final Cut Pro X offline editors

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Although devoted fans would say that whole productions can be edited and finished in Final Cut, X plays very well with other post production applications. It has an XML format that supports full transfer of timelines to other applications. Sometimes these applications support X XML import and sometimes intermediary applications are needed.

Editors who need to collaborate with those who use high-end systems used in big budget commercials and music videos use XMiL EDL-X to convert Final Cut Pro X XML to the CMX 3600 industry standard EDL format.

Hollywood-based feature film trailer editor Charlie Austin: “EDL-X is indispensable for finishing offline cuts here in L.A. EDLs are still a ‘universal’ way to talk to pretty much any video application and they’re required by most post houses here.”

The version 2.0 update is out now (Mac App Store link):

  • Role Filtering: control what footage is included based on Roles assigned in FCP X.
  • Support for retimed footage on all nesting levels.
  • List Effects including some parameters and keyframes.
  • Fades at the head or tail of clips can be represented as dissolves in the EDL.
  • EDL-X can be used as a Share Destination straight from FCP X's Share menu. This means that an XML file doesn't have to be explicitly saved to disk any more, and sequences/cuts/projects can be made to EDL-X from FCP X in a single step.

If you already have an older version, the version 2.0 update is free.

The fact that an application used for such tasks is being updated to match the needs of offline editors shows there is a market for such tools.

Charlie tweeted:

London based commercials and music video editor Vid Price says “Speed changes on all levels is a massive one for me. If I change the speed of a clip that I've synced through Sync-N-Link there's previously been no easy way to get this out as an EDL. I used to have to eye match the original non synced shot and try and match the retime. Not any more!!”

Award-winning ad editor Thomas Grove Carter has tried it out and says “This is a FANTASTIC update. It's really very good! One example: If you have a Multicam clip where one of the angles is sped up 200% inside, and you speed up the Multicam clip itself to 150%, EDL-X will correctly represent this a 300% speed change in the EDL. Same goes for compound clips!”