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Automatic Duck Ships New Pro Import and Pro Export for FCP 4.1

Plugins import and export compositions between Final Cut Pro and Avid systems By Dave Nagel
Automatic Duck has released two new plugins: Pro Export for FCP 2.0 and Pro Import for FCP 1.0. Both of the new versions add support for Apple Final Cut Pro 4.1 and are available now for Mac OS X.

Automatic Duck Pro Import is a plugin for importing Avid compositions into Final Cut Pro 4.1. The new version includes support for importing OMF compositions, and, according to the company, will also soon support AAF as well. (AAF support, which Automatic Duck says will be a free feature update, will allow users to import compositions from any AAF-compliant software, such as Avid and Premiere Pro.) Presently, Pro Import for FCP supports translation of effects. (A complete list of supported effects is available on Automatic Duck's Web site.)


Automatic Duck has also released Pro Export FCP, which is a plugin designed to export Final Cut Pro compositions to other systems, including Quantel systems and Avid Symphony, Xpress, Xpress DV and Media Composer, without the need for EDLs for translation. The software, like Pro Import, uses Avid's OMF interchange format. AAF support is also forthcoming. The current version adds support for Final Cut Pro 4.1. It supports subclips, nested clips and master clip log notes, as well as several effects. (A complete list of supported effects is available on Automatic Duck's Web site.)

Both of the new versions are available now for Mac OS X for $495. Upgrades run $100 to $195, and bundles are also available. For more information, visit http://www.automaticduck.com/.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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