Boris Transfer FCP Review

With all the craziness of the Final Cut X going on, people threatening to switch NLE’s, wondering where to go and every blogger writing 10 articles about why FCPX is great or why it isn’t, I decided to take action. I didn’t want to write about it right away though. Cammon and I made our video about why you can’t use FCPX on a feature and that’s that.

Instead of talking about “what will we ever do to survive,” I decided to look for what answers there were. I thought back to the Media Composer 5 road show I attended in Burbank at KeyCode Media last summer and in my notes I wrote about Boris coming out with transfer software, similar to the infamous Automatic Duck. I don’t have Automatic Duck and I have looked into it before and for the type of projects I am doing lately, I just don’t have the budget for it. Especially because it is a one way street. So while you read this review, keep in mind I haven’t ever personally used Automatic Duck, I only know what it can do and know how it has performed for friends.

There are two great benefits I see immediately for editors who want to use Avid more in their workflows or want to keep aspects of FCP in their new Avid lives. I’ve successfully transferred a few Final Cut Pro projects into Avid using the Boris AAF export tool, even using AMA (ProRes only tested). I have also tested it with batch importing this clips. So there, I have moved a few clients archived projects they still like to pull from into the Avid, out of Final Cut.

The other advantage was using the Avid export to FCP tool and then taking that into Color. I know people have their workarounds, but this was by far the easiest one for me. I actually did a “half ass” test and it seemed to go fine. I took a 5 minute video with T3i footage in Avid, exported it, pulled it into FCP and all the H.264 original files reconnected perfectly. From there, I should media manage and then take it into Color, but I just tested it to see if it would work into Color. It worked fine.

So that’s exciting. Boris says that their effects will transfer from Avid to FCP as well. I think that is pretty cool and as always, I will keep doing more research on these tools and utilities and posting them when I discover new, useful things. I must say that you should follow all the instructions very carefully as you use Boris Transfer
FCP. If you assume you know how to do it in a way that will make it work, there is a good chance you won’t. I found that out the humbling way. Read the instructions, get used to their guide and you shouldn’t have a problem. For $300, it’s a good deal to go on the two way street between Avid and FCP. There is also a fully functional 14-day trial you can use. Much easier on the wallet than what the $800 the bundled Automatic Duck would cost you.

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