FilmLogic 3.0b1, a film editing suite for the Mac, now supports Final Cut Pro. Click image for a larger view.

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JULY 27, 2000

Latest FilmLogic Build Plugs in to Final Cut Pro

Final Cut gains 24 FPS film editing functionality

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Focal Point Software today announced the latest beta build of its FilmLogic 3.0 software. The new version, 3.0b1, now supports Final Cut Pro, while previous versions supported only Media 100 and Adobe Premiere.

FilmLogic is a software application designed for filmmakers who are shooting 35 mm or 16 mm film and want to edit electronically while finishing on film, working with non-linear editing systems to track all the elements that go into the making of the final film. A bit like an extended electronic codebook, it follows the relationship between the original camera negative, the transferred video tapes and the captured clips in the editing system. Its main thrust, though, is to understand the edited program from the NLE and translate those edit decisions into the instructions for conforming the original camera negative.

Plug-in integration means that Final Cut Pro talks directly to the FilmLogic application and eliminates the need for video Edit Decision Lists, cutting out dependencies on video reels and video timecode, which can contain inaccurate information, leading to bad cuts in the original negative.

The new version requires two plugins for Final Cut Pro, one of which was developed by Apple itself, the other by Focal Point. Apple's ExportHelper allows FCP to talk to FilmLogic, while FilmLogic Cut List lets FilmLogic talk to Final Cut Pro. Both plugins reside in the Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 plugins folder. (Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 is a free update available at Apple's Web site. Read more about it here.) This adds a new item to the Final Cut Pro Export submenu—FilmLogic Cut List.

It should also be noted that, while FilmLogic is available in full and limited editions, the full version is required to work in Final Cut Pro.

According to FilmLogic, editing 24 FPS in Final Cut Pro is a two-step process. The first part involves preparing the source material, requiring the use of FilmLogic's Reverse Telecine feature. The second part involves setting up Final Cut Pro for 24 FPS editing. (This is just a matter of switching around the "editing timebase" settings in Final Cut Pro's preferences.)

Focal Point says the latest build's documentation has not been updated for working in Final Cut pro but that the process is the same as with Adobe Premiere. For more information or to download the latest version, visit http://www.filmlogic.com. To download Final Cut Pro 1.2.5, visit http://asu.info.apple.com/swupdates.nsf/artnum/n11747.

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