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Automatic Duck FCP Import 2.0

New features for popular import tool for Final Cut Pro Users (December 06, 2005)
Automatic Duck (, the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, will debut new enhancements to Pro Import FCP, its flagship import tool for Final Cut Pro users, during DV Expo West 2005 in Los Angeles this week.  Pro Import FCP 2.0, which will be generally available in Q1 2006, will enable digital media artists to import OMF files from industry-popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), such as Digidesign Pro Tools, into Final Cut Pro. 

Additionally, Pro Import FCP 2.0 adds significant new features to enhance the Final Cut Pro workflow, such as import capability from Adobe Premiere Pro, the ability to decompose sequences during import and translate Avid Title Effects into Final Cut Pro text generators.  These features new to version 2.0 are designed to further simplify, and greatly accelerate, the workflow process of importing designed content from disparate editing systems directly into Final Cut Pro.

Automatic Duck customers anticipating Pro Import FCP 2.0 are eager to integrate these new capabilities into their editing workflow. 

Walter Biscardi of Biscardi Creative Media. had this to say about Automatic Duck and Pro Import FCP:

"When the Food Network's "Good Eats with Alton Brown" made the decision to move to High Definition, we faced significant challenges to not only exceed the quality standards expected, but also work quickly and efficiently to meet an aggressive program schedule.   I immediately added Automatic Duck's Pro Import FCP to the new HD Workflow as we had to include the show's current AVID Adrenaline with our FCP High Def system.  'Good Eats' is shot with a Varicam and edited in standard definition on an Avid Adrenaline.  We then import that content into Final Cut Pro for conforming to HD - and we need to do this for 8 shows at a time!  With Pro Import FCP, we get this done in literally 10 seconds and we're digitizing within 30 seconds of receiving the OMF files.  With a click of the mouse, we've exported the content from the Avid into Final Cut Pro, and the timeline appears with all the tracks and all the effects in tact.  We're able to digitize 7 or 8 shows in the span of two days; without Automatic Duck it would take over a week.  You can't put a price tag on that kind of efficiency.  There's no other product that can do this, and we couldn't do this show without Pro Import FCP."

Commenting on the new features in Pro Import FCP 2.0, Biscardi added:
"The AVID Title Effect import to Final Cut Pro will be HUGE for our workflow  Right now I have to re-create all titles manually since I can't read the AVID titles.  This new feature alone will cut at least a half day off our current workflow per episode!  WOW!"

"The past year, Automatic Duck has placed significant emphasis on extending our solutions' capabilities to enhance just about every aspect of the content creation and design workflow. And the reaction from customers has been extremely positive," added Wes Plate, president of Automatic Duck.  "During DV Expo West this week, we hope to give our customers a glimpse of, not only what we've accomplished thus far, but also a closer look at what's ahead in 2006.  The improvements to Pro Import FCP are only the beginning."

Pro Import 2.0 adds many new features, enabling users to:
. Import Adobe Premiere Pro project files directly into Final Cut Pro;
. "Decompose" sequences during import, saving significant time by eliminating the need to decompose desired clips on the editing platform;
. Support 24fps sequence import from Avid editing systems;
. Translate Avid Title effects into FCP Text Generators;
. Leverage AAF 1.1 Edit Protocol import.

Pricing and Availability
Pro Import FCP 2.0 will be available in the first quarter of 2006 and will be priced at $495.00 for new customers and will be available as a $195.00 upgrade for existing users. For more information on how to order, please visit

About Automatic Duck
Automatic Duck is the pioneer of Timeline Integration Engine technology and leads the content creation marketplace with powerful solutions for seamless, comprehensive timeline translation capabilities between Avid, Adobe After Effects, combustion, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Quantel via XML, OMF and AAF.  For more information on Automatic Duck's unique Timeline Integration Engine technology, please visit

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