Exporting XML in Final Cut Pro

You can export clips, bins, sequences, or even an entire Final Cut Pro project as an XML file.

When you export, Final Cut Pro updates the internal identifiers (UUIDs) of all the clips in your project. To make sure your project matches the exported XML, Final Cut Pro saves your project during export, unless you explicitly deselect the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox.

Important: If your workflow involves exporting and importing XML files, do not customize column names in Final Cut Pro. Doing so may result in the loss of some XML metadata.

To export a Final Cut Pro element as an XML file
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select the clips, bins, or sequences you want to export as XML.

  2. Choose File > Export > XML.

    The Export XML dialog appears. A summary of the selected elements to be exported is shown next to the Source field.

  3. Choose the version of the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format you want to export.

    In most cases, you should choose the most recent version. You should only choose an older version of the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format if:

    • You need to create an XML file that is backward compatible with an older version of Final Cut Pro

    • You have XML processing code or a third-party application that only recognizes an older version of the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format

  4. Select the Include Master Clips Outside Selection option if you want the master clips for a sequence to be exported within the XML file.

    The Include Master Clips Outside Selection option is useful when you select a sequence or sequence clips for export. For more information about master clips, see Working with Master and Affiliate Clips.

  5. If you do not want to save your project file at the same time you export XML, deselect the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Choose a name and destination for the XML file, then click Save.

    Note: Some applications may require an .xml extension at the end of the filename, so you may want to add this just in case.