Can I use InqScribe with FCP X?

When Final Cut Pro X was first released, it had no support for XML importing and exporting.  Subsequent releases have added XML import/export using a new .fcpxml format.

However, this format is not compatible with the FCP 7 XML format.

Currently, InqScribe is only able to export to FCP 7 XML format, not the new .fcpxml format.  We are working on adding better support for XML import and export for a future release.

In the meantime, there are a few workarounds:

1. Use "7toX Final Cut Pro" app

The "7toX Final Cut Pro" app is able convert metadata from Final Cut Pro 7 format to Final Cut X format, including XML files.

We've tested the app and it is able to convert a FCP 7 XML file exported from InqScribe into a format that is usable in an FCP X project.

The only caveat is that you'll need to use FCP 7 to define a custom XML Template for use by InqScribe during the transcript export.  Alternatively, you can use InqScribe's default XML template and just adjust the titles manually in FCP X once it's imported.  (Currently you cannot create a template in FCP X).

The workflow looks something like this:

  1. [Optional] In FCP 7 create a custom XML Template.  (Instructions here)
  2. In InqScribe create your transcript.
  3. In InqScribe, export your transcript using the custom or default XML Template to a FCP 7 XML file.
  4. Using 7toX, convert the exported FCP 7 XML file to a .fcpxml file.
  5. In FCP X, import the .fcpxml file and add it to your timeline.

You can get 7toX at the Apple App Store, or go here for more information:

2. Use SugarFX Subtitles

You can use SugarFX Subtitles to permanently burn in subtitles to your final clip.  SugarFX Subtitles can read .srt files, which is supported by InqScribe as an export format.

The workflow looks something like this:

  1. In InqScribe, create your transcript.
  2. In InqScribe, export the transcript to a .srt file.
  3. In FCPX, create your final clip.
  4. In FCPX use the SugarFX Subtitles plugin to import the .srt file and burn it into your clip.

You can get SugarFX Subtitles here:

If you have other workflows that can work, we'd love to hear about them!

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