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XML2Text reaches final public beta

This is a great little tool that I’ve found to be totally essential in my workflow. Although Andreas Kiel, the driving force behind Spherico, intended it as a way of getting Final Cut Pro Marker information to DVD Studio Pro, for those who want to encode with something other than Compressor, it has other uses as well.

First off, it does a great job to get those Chapter Markers from Final Cut Pro Sequence Markers to a chapter import list for DVD Studio Pro.

But beyond that:

  • Get Clip level Markers out of a Sequence and lift them to Sequence level markers
  • Print a list of Markers from the sequence, with time stamp (Timecode)
  • Extract the text from Markers to use to build menus in Adobe Photoshop
  • List all Clips with Scene, Shot, log note, comment etc in a simpler list than a batch export without needing the original Sequence

and most intriguing of all

  • Create a merged tape of selects or used clips. Traditionally that would have lost original Timecode but XML2Text converts the clip data so that they do match the sequence timecode data and creates a batch list which can be used later to batch the complete tape or just some single clips from the merged tape. Even with a crash record to tape it will work, if you set the sequence TC start value to the value of the recording’s start of the tape before exporting to XML.

There’s detailed information on the XML2Text page at Spherico’s site. At 15 Euro I can’t recommend this highly enough. (That’s less than $20 US.) The final release will include a free XML2Text reader (only) so Final Cut Pro Sequence information can be shared with anyone on OS X without Final Cut Pro. Use DVG-M2T1231 as the coupon code at checkout to save 5 Euro courtesy of the Pro Apps Hub.

While you’re at the Spherico site, check out Playlist2FCP for bringing iTunes playlists to Final Cut Pro projects, retaining metadata and copying media (option) and XML2Title for speeding the process of subtitling within Final Cut Pro.

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