Conforming media with an XML/AAF file

Conforming media with an XML/AAF file

For this example, we will focus on an FCP7 XML file generated with Resolve. However, this tutorial could be also applied to any other import of FCP XML and AAF files.

I. Prepare before importing

It is better to create your different folders and directories in the Media tab of the Control Panel before starting the Conforming itself.

II. Importing the XML

To import your XML, click on the IMPORT button at the bottom left of the timeline.

Import button

The import panel will show you the browser on the right and the files on the left. The File Type at the bottom of the window, allows you to choose which text file you would like to import:

Import Panel
  1. Select Final Cut proXML in the file type and validate with OK:

The XML file will be automatically loaded into a new timeline.

The name of the clips is in red, meaning that the media are offline and need to be conformed.

In case you do not see clips on the timeline, Zoom Out or Fit the TimeLine: sometimes the XML timecode is set with a start at 01:00:00:00 and if your timeline is not set the same the clips will not appear with the default timeline size appearance. 

III. Conforming

Click on CONFORM in the menu bar to access Conforming panel.

The Conforming panel is composed of two parts :

The clips list :

And the settings options :

  1. Select Search in SYSTEM and browse the file system to find your medias
  2. Destination allows you to select the right directory in your Project Media bin to reference the clips.

In the clips list, you can see that you have only the clip names :

In the settings options, you can choose how you want to match the medias by type, by name or by time. Here, use Match Name : CLIP 

On the right side, you can select all the medias or just the unlinked ones. 
In this case, choose SELECT ALL :

All the files in the list are then selected.

Now, you can click MATCH to conform:

When finished, you can see if your clips are online thanks to the thumbnails to the left and the File Name column :

Let's go back to the timeline :

All the clip names are now in white.

IV. Checking the conform

Load the reference file in the source viewport:

On the left, we have the Source monitor (reference) and to the right, the Recorder monitor with the timeline.

Now, you can check all clips after the conforming.

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