Move Projects Between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Most of the time, when you start a project in Final Cut Pro X, you’ll want to finish the edit in Final Cut. However, there may be reasons that you need to move a project from FCP X to Premiere in the middle of an edit; for example, you need to change editors and the new editor is more comfortable in Premiere.

You CAN move projects between apps and this article explains how.


FCP X and Premiere use two different versions of XML (similar to English and French). So, in order for one app to read the XML of the other, it needs to be translated. This requires a utility called: “XtoCC.”

This translation process isn’t really difficult. A more fundamental problem is that the underlying software architecture between FCP X and Premiere are very, very different and not everything in your edit will successfully transfer. You need to understand these differences in order to determine if and when is the best time to move projects between software.

This process applies to any Final Cut Pro X project that you want to send to:

NOTE: Here’s an article that explains how to move projects from Adobe Premiere Pro CC to Apple Final Cut Pro X.


The best time to transfer projects is during the rough-cut process, before you start adding transitions, titles, color grading or effects.

Moving rough-cuts between software will almost always be successful. However, for projects you are moving between applications, media must be store OUTSIDE the Library.

In order to transfer between FCP X and other applications, you’ll need a utility called: “XtoCC.” Developed by Intelligent Assistance, it is available here in the Mac App Store. The reason this utility is necessary is that FCP X and Premiere speak two different versions of XML; this utility converts between them.




Because the effects engines between FCP X and other applications are so different, anything that involves an effect won’t transfer. This is why I recommend translating projects in the rough-cut stage, before effects are applied. Here’s a more detailed list:

NOTE: Premiere can import XML containing multiple sequences, nested sequences, event clips etc. Basically anything that’s in a Library or Event. But After Effects and Audition only accept XML with a single sequence and no nested sequences (which means no Compound Clips in your Project).


Here’s a typical projects in FCP X; though short, this can easily illustrate the transfer process. It contains video and audio clips, transitions, titles and captions.

To move this project from FCP X, you need to create an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file. This contains pointers to all clips, but not the actual media, as well as settings for just about everything in the project file.

Select the project, then choose File > Export XML. In the resulting dialog, give the XML file a name and storage location. Then, click OK.

In just a few seconds, an XML file is created. XML is a language similar to HTML that you see on many web pages, that explains how the project was created, but doesn’t contain any media. It just contains all the different settings applied to each clip.

NOTE: XML file are just text files. You can open them with TextEdit and see what’s inside; for example the screen shot above is from my project. The good news is that you don’t need to understand how to read an XML file in order to use it.

At this point, you can quit FCP X. You no longer need it.


Here’s where the magic happens. Drag the XML file on top of the XtoCC application – either in the Applications folder or the Dock. This opens the application and starts the XML conversion process. (Sigh… you can also simply open the app, then select the XML file from the File Picker window, but that is a whole lot less fun.)

After a few seconds, the translation process is complete. XtoCC then asks which roles you want to transfer. At this point, you have a lot of choices:

In this case, I want to move everything, so I’ll leave all boxes checked and click OK.

XtoCC displays a dialog asking what I want to name the converted file and where I want to store it.

NOTE: When working with XML files, I generally leave them on the desktop to make them easy to find. I’ll move them into a more permanent location after all the translation is done. This is a personal habit, you can store these wherever you want.

At this point, you can close XtoCC. You are done with it.


The final step is both fast and easy. Open Premiere.

From the Welcome screen choose File > Open and open the XML file directly. You don’t need to create a new project or open an existing one.

Premiere reads the XML file, imports all the media and builds a new sequence in the Premiere timeline based on the original FCP X project.

Ta-DAH! There’s your transferred project, ready to edit.


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7 Responses to Move Projects Between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  1. Andrew Einhorn says:

    Hi Larry. Happy Football Sunday.

    I finally got the point where I needed to convert about 500 (no joke) FCP 7 projects to Premier CC projects. But it won’t work. Most of the time it seems to be importing, but then no sequences or video or anything for that matter shows up in the new Premier Project. I went online to see that many people experience this. I guess it’s a CC glitch. But I’m stuck. Do you know how to fix this, OR, which version of Premier would work with exported FCP 7 XML files? I could try to find an older version somehow and spend a month converting all my projects.

    Thanx in advance! ~ Andrew

    • Larry says:


      This is supposed to work: Export an XML file from FCP 7, then using File > Import in Premiere to bring the file in. No conversion is necessary.

      I’ve sent a note to my contacts at Adobe to see if I can learn more. I’ll let you know what I find out.


  2. Hello Larry,

    I’m working in FCPX 10.4.8, XtoCC 1.2.14, Premiere Pro 2020.

    I have a project that has two camera angles, and two audio dialog tracks recorded on an external recorder. I’ve imported both camera angle clips and both audio clips and created a synced multicam clip. (highlight all, right click, new multicam clip). I moved this multi-cam clip to the timeline, selected the external recorder audio track and made a few cuts between Cam A and Cam B.

    I’m wanting to migrate this over to Premiere Pro 2020. According to the HelpX Adobe article and video at there’s a way to import this project into Premiere Pro and the different camera angles appear synced on the sequence timeline in Premiere.

    I’ve copied the verbiage from their website below. Specifically the last bullet point of the angles being synced on separate tracks.

    -Migration Results
    *Bin Hierarchy is preserved when migrating collected clips and events from FCPX to Premiere Pro.
    *Many effects migrate from FCPX to Premiere Pro, including dissolves and wipes, motion effects, titles, speed variations, audio keyframes and levels.
    *Alpha Channels from FCP footage migrate.
    *Multicam footage, if not flattened in FCPX, becomes a Multicam Sequence in Premiere Pro if it contains 4 or fewer camera angles.
    *If a FCPX Multiclip was flattened in the FCPX Timeline, camera angles will appear as individual clips on separate tracks, synched in the newly created Premiere Pro Sequence.

    • Larry says:


      There’s a problem here. I just ran a test and Premiere 2020 does not natively import FCP X XML files. You’ll need to convert the FCP X XML using X2CC from the Mac App Store.

      At which point you can import the project.

      Also, while FCP 7 flattened multicam projects, FCP X does not. My guess is that whoever wrote this did a copy/paste from old FCP 7 instructions.


  3. Thanks for replying Larry! i’ve made a screen capture video of exactly what i’m doing. I have XtoCC so I’m able to open the FCPX project in Premiere, but I’m not able to get the MultiCam Clip function as an option on the migrated timeline. Here’s a video showing what I’m doing. Maybe this isn’t possible, but the Adobe Support that made the help video on the subject says she did it.

    • Larry says:


      I just skimmed your video. The BEST advice is to contact the team at Intelligent Assistance ( and ask how X2CC handles multicam clips. They may even have a tutorial posted on their website that answers this.

      The problems you are having are most likely in how X2CC converts the XML between FCP X and Premiere.


  4. French Spencer says:

    Thank you kindly!

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