About Final Cut Pro X XML Version 1.3

This document describes the elements of the Final Cut Pro X XML (FCPXML) file format, version 1.3. This file format lets you import and export XML files between Final Cut Pro X and third-party applications. The FCPXML v1.3 file format requires Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later.

At a Glance

You use the Final Cut Pro X application to create, edit, and produce high-quality video. With the FCPXML file format, you can transfer the details of your Events and projects between Final Cut Pro X and third-party applications, devices, and media asset management tools that do not natively recognize Final Cut Pro X Events or projects.

You can use Final Cut Pro X to export and import FCPXML files to accomplish the following tasks:

FCPXML v1.3 adds support for the following Final Cut Pro X features:

FCPXML v1.2 added support for the following Final Cut Pro X features:

FCPXML v1.1 added support for the following Final Cut Pro X features:

How to Use This Document

For definitions and discussions of Final Cut Pro X concepts and terminology, see “Events and Projects,” “Story Elements,” and “Resources.” Discussions are supported by examples.

To understand how elements are used, and for reference lists of available elements and the time values used with them, see “Story Elements.”

To enhance your project with effects, “Adjustments and Effects” describes audio and video adjustment elements that allow you to crop, zoom, distort, blend, rotate, and more.

To understand how to import and export asset and clip metadata in your Events and projects, including how to incorporate custom keys, see “Metadata.”

If your project includes color corrections, “Exports with Color Corrections” describes how Final Cut Pro X uses the <info-asc-cdl> element.

To use the Final Cut Pro X Document Type Definition (DTD) to validate FCPXML documents in your own applications prior to import, see “Appendix E: FCPXML Version 1.3 DTD.” Earlier DTD versions are also available in “Appendix B: FCPXML Version 1.0 DTD,” “Appendix C: FCPXML Version 1.1 DTD,” and “Appendix D: FCPXML Version 1.2 DTD.”

Prerequisites

This document assumes you have an understanding of XML and have used Final Cut Pro X.

See Also

The following resources may be helpful as you work with the FCPXML format: