Using Logic Pro with Final Cut Pro

Logic Pro is a full-featured music production application that you can use to score your Final Cut Pro project. You can easily use Logic Pro to export completed music mixdowns and import these files into Final Cut Pro. For more complicated projects, you can use the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format to transfer data between Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. For example, you can transfer multiple tracks complete with clips properly positioned in the Timeline and Arrange windows, region names, and volume and pan automation data.

Importing Final Cut Pro XML Files into Logic Pro

You can export a sequence or group of clips from Final Cut Pro as an XML file and then import the XML file into Logic Pro.

To export a Final Cut Pro sequence as an XML file
  1. In the Final Cut Pro Browser, select a sequence to export.

  2. Choose File > Export > XML.

  3. Choose the XML format to use from the Format pop-up menu, then click OK.

    The default choice is “Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4.”

  4. Name the file, choose its destination, and click Save.

To import an XML file into Logic Pro
  1. In Logic Pro, choose File > Import.

  2. Locate the XML file, then click Choose.

    The sequence’s audio opens in Logic Pro.

Exporting Final Cut Pro XML Files from Logic Pro

You can export the current song’s audio as a Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format file that you can then import into a Final Cut Pro project.

To export the current song in Logic Pro as an XML file
  1. In Logic Pro, choose File > Export > Song to Final Cut Pro/XML.

  2. Name the file, choose its destination, and click Export.

To import an XML file into Final Cut Pro
  1. In Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > XML.

  2. Locate the XML file, then click Choose.

    A sequence containing the exported audio appears in the Final Cut Pro Browser.

    Note: Audio instrument tracks are always bounced to audio files. MIDI tracks are ignored. Bouncing automatically switches to real-time mode, if necessary (such as when an I/O or External Instrument plug-in is used).