Brewer Premiere Pro/FCP 7 XML Beta

You can now import XML's from Premiere Pro and FCP 7

This is a public beta version.

Please read (or get your editor to read) the tech notes below!

Brewer will only read one sequence from an XML file, so ask the editor to just select the timeline they know to contain the final cut. They can then use 'Export>Final Cut Pro XML...' option in the File menu of PP

Or export a version 5 XML from FCP (do not include clips outside selection).

Typically Premiere will generate a report at the same time that indicates any problems it has had in the processing. This can usually be ignored as it will contain information about offline shots or slugs, but it might be worth a quick scan through.

When you click 'Open File' in Brewer you can now choose EDLs or XMLs. On choosing the later, Brewer will run through the file and seperate out all the clips on all the tracks. It will then display a representation of the timeline from the edit.

Please be aware that it is just that: a representation. It will not look exactly as it does in the edit machine but all the clips will have the correct relative placing to one another.

You can zoom in and scroll left and right by using the sliders at the bottom of the timeline or using multi-touch gestures on a trackpad.

When you hover the mouse over a clip, the name and timecode will be displayed at the top. A green 'light' next to the name means the clip is enabled and a grey one means it is disabled (and will therefore not be seen in the final clip list). A disabled clip is also greyed out in the timeline.

Clicking anywhere along a track will turn it green and all clips (except disabled ones) on the highlighted tracks will be used to generate a clip list.

So, if the editor has placed archive material on tracks 1,2 and 4 then select these tracks (turn them green) and Brewer will calculate the accumulated durations of all clips on both these tracks into one, easy clip list.

Note: if two clips from the same source overlap each other on different tracks (as may be the case when mixing between them) Brewer will calculate the duration as being from the first frame of the first clip on one track to the last frame of the other clip on the other track.

With at least one selected track on the timeline you can now click 'Generate List'. This will assemble the clips on the highlighted tracks into a clip list. From here on in Brewer operates in the same manner as it always has done.

Tech notes:

  • Really importantly, Brewer completely ignores opacity settings and clip effects however they are applied. It just is not going to be possible to represent every possible permutation of every effect, third-party plugin, or keyframing in a £20 piece of software. If a clip is enable on an enabled timeline track then it is included in the clip list as though every frame is visible. This has always been the case with EDLs as well! The edit machines put clips into EDLs that may have zero or close to zero opacity.

  • It should be noted that all transitions will be included in clip durations. That's to say, if a 1 second clip has a 1 second fade at the end then the clip list will display it as a 2 second clip.

  • Disabled tracks or clips can't be enabled in Brewer. You have to get the editor to correctly set the state in the edit.

  • Unfortunately, grouped clips aren't correctly listed in Premiere Pro XML's - they are labelled as sequences instead of multicam clips. Brewer can't at the moment decipher nested sequences so grouped clips are not read properly. To work around this make sure your editor has 'flattened' the sequence clips. They do this by right-clicking the timeline in PP and clicking 'multicam>flatten' prior to export.

  • Nested sequences are bad! Sorry, but as above, they are beyond Brewer's current scope to correctly read and so will be ignored for clip list generation. If there are any clips in a timeline that come from nested sequences then they will be coloured dark-red. A warning will also appear in the top right of the timeline window.

    A nested sequence is located in the middle of this timeline: