Please Note!: FCPXchange has been updated to work with FCPX 10.1.2 and later. We have seen some success, and some failures, with this version, as in the past. Please let us know if it works, or doesn't work for you!
If your Final Cut Pro X projects are showing missing media files, and relinking the original media doesn't seem to work, FCPXchange may be able to help. It is particularly designed for situations when the File > Relink files... command results in an 'Incompatible media' error, but you believe that the media really should be compatible. Often, FCPXchange will let you relink the media when FCPX wouldn't.
For the moment, we have decided to make this beta version freely available. We may charge for later versions, but in the meantime you should expect to have support commensurate with the price you've paid! We do, however, welcome feedback and will do our best to help out where possible.
If you have a particular need for custom utilities, or for variations on this one, please get in touch and we can discuss pricing.
Please watch the introductory movie above. That's the best way to learn how to use FCPXchange.
This is how it works:
This may not solve your problem! It works for many people, and not for others. It allows you to do some things Final Cut doesn't - for example, it will let you replace one clip with another of a different duration or framerate. It warns you that this may be a bad idea, but it will let you do it anyway.
How Final Cut Pro will handle any XML generated by FCPXchange depends on the nature of the changes!
I used FCPXchange and Final Cut can't read the resulting XML
Please check whether it can read the original XML that you exported. When we've seen this problem, it is generally that FCPX generated XML which it could not, itself, accept! There's little we can do about that, sadly, except advise you to contact Apple.
Is this dangerous?
It shouldn't be, because you never overwrite your original project. You just save it as XML and load a second, modified copy alongside it. But your backups are your own responsibility!
What are the system requirements?
FCPXchange requires OS X 10.9 or later, and should work on XML exported from most versions of Final Cut Pro X.
FCPXchange is available here:
This is a ZIP file, which will probably unzip automatically in your Downloads folder. Move it to your Applications folder or wherever convenient.
Because this does not come from the Mac App Store, depending on your security settings, you may need to right-click and choose 'Open' the first time you run it.
It comes with no warranties, express or implied. Use at your own risk. We hope you find it useful.