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Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 3.0

By Kevin McAuliffe

In my previous article, I took a look at Automatic Duck Pro Import FCP 2.0 for Final Cut Pro, and how it is an essential tool for FCP editors to keep them competitive in today's post world. Looking back at the article, there is one problem. I talked about how PI2FCP bridged the gap between Avid and FCP, but it seems that bridge was a one way street . . . Or was it? Absolutely not! Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 3.0 makes that street two way, and not only opens the door to sending OMF's back to Avid, but gives you a great (and user friendly) way to send your OMF's to ProTools for your final audio mix.
One thing to remember with Pro Export FCP 3.0 is that it is not a "total conform" tool. You will never have all the bells and whistles that you have going from an Avid Xpress Pro to a Symphony Nitris, as you have the luxury of bin information and total effects translations that come with essentially staying on the same system architecture. What you do get with Pro Export FCP 3.0 is a way to send your timelines over to an Avid Xpress, Media Composer, or Symphony (and even DS, but it is not supported, although according to the Duck's website will work in some instances) with extreme ease and accuracy, much more than in the days of clunky EDL's.


Included with Pro Export FCP 3.0 is the ability to export OMF 2's from Final Cut Pro that include having all tracks exported at once, dissolves, motion effects/speed changes (constant only), freeze frames, master clip log notes converted to comments, nested sequences (with limitations), subclips, audio clip gain and automation gain (FCP audio keyframes converted to Avid audio keyframes). Basically all the tools to send an offline sequence to an online edit station. One downside is only 30i and 25i projects are supported and 24p (23.976) is not supported on Meridian-based Avid Systems, but that is not Pro Export FCP 3.0's fault. That is due to the fact that Meridian Media Composers edit in a "pseudo" 24p mode, and don't actually digitize at 24 fps. According to the Duck's website, 24p has been done on Symphony Nitris as it will conform a true 24p project and timeline.  

A great bonus with Pro Export FCP 3.0 is that you also get a great tool for exporting OMF's for ProTools. You not only have the capability to export all audio tracks at once and embed the media into the OMF, you can also resample your audio to 32000kHz, 44100kHz, 48000kHz or 96000kHz, include constant audio speed changes, use 16 or 24 bit audio, define your handles upon export, include crossfades and keyframes (for gain automation), have your clip-based audio levels and pans maintained, and 24p sequences transfer over. This great "bonus" could almost be a tool unto itself, and is included in the package at no charge.

Much like Pro Import FCP 2.0, Pro Export FCP 3.0 is quick and easy to install, and again, make sure you have an active Internet connection either on your edit station, or somewhere in your facility. Once installed, exporting your timeline to an Avid is quick and easy.  Simply open the timeline you want to export, select File>Export>Automatic Duck Pro Export. Once the export window opens, make sure you have "OMF Avid Compatibility Mode" selected, and then click "Save". Once exported, you can see that you have an OMF file, and an HTML file. What is the HTML file for you may ask? Well, it gives you the lowdown on your export, and what files are not supported going over to the Avid. One thing that Pro Export FCP 3.0 does is that if there are unsupported transitions effects, it will automatically convert them to dissolves. This is handy, but I would almost rather have the option in the output tool to do this myself. Basically, that's it! Head on over to your Media Composer, import, and start conforming. 

As for exporting for ProTools, the process is similar, but instead of selecting "OMF Avid Compatibility Mode," select "OMF for Digital Audio Workstations," select your sample rate, your bit depth and whether you want handles or not, and select "Save."   
Think back to the days of exporting EDL's and how painful it was. Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 3.0 ($495) makes this process quick and simple. I had stated in my previous article that the gap between Avid and Final Cut has been bridged, well now it's a two way street! For more infomation, visit

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Kevin P McAuliffe is currently a Senior Video Editor working in HD post production in Toronto, Canada. He has been in the television industry for 12 years, and spends his days onlining on a Final Cut Pro HD. Kevin's high definition onlining credit list includes concerts for Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Snow Patrol, Sum41, Paul Anka, Il Divo and Pussycat Dolls, to name a few. Also, Kevin is an instructor of Advanced Final Cut Studio 2 at the Toronto Film College. If you have any questions or comments, you can drop him a line at

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