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Importing Shot Logs

You can create a shot log outside of the Xpress Pro application (perhaps using another NLE) and import the shot log into Xpress Pro. Then you can use the imported log to batch capture source clips.

Before importing your shot log, you need to save it in the Avid Log Exchange (ALE) format using the Avid Log Exchange program. Or you can format and save a shot log as a text document using a word processing application or text editor. Either way, you need your shot log to conform to Avid's specifications. To find out about Avid's Global heading, Column heading, and Log Data heading standards, consult the Xpress Pro help menu.

To tell Xpress Pro how to handle your imported shot log, select the appropriate option on the Shot Log tab of the Import Settings dialog box. Generally, you'll simply select Maintain Events as Logged.

To import a shot log:

1.
Choose File > Import.

2.
In the Select Files to Import dialog box, click the Files of Type (Windows) or Show (Mac) pop-up tab and choose one of the following:

  • Shot Log Documents: Choose this option if you created your shot log in Avid Log Exchange and want to import the shot log in the ALE format.

  • Any Documents: Choose this option if you created your shot log in a text application and want to import the shot log in the TXT format.

3.
Select the shot log and click Open.

In the bin you selected, Xpress Pro places offline clips that correspond to the shots in your shot log. You can now select the offline clips and capture them by choosing Bin > Batch Capture.

Exchanging Shot Logs and Batch Lists between XPro and FCP: Sebsky Tools

Thanks to a freeware program called Sebsky Tools, you can now edit a video project using both Xpress Pro and Final Cut Pro.

Sebsky Tools allows you to convert FCP batch lists to Avid Log Exchange (ALE) shot logs and vice versa, so you can capture clips in FCP and then recapture them in Xpress Pro, or capture in Xpress Pro and recapture in FCP.

Sebsky Tools also allows you to export actual media files from Xpress Pro, import them into Final Cut Pro, and carry over timecode and source ID (reel name) information.

(For more information about Sebsky Tools, visit www.dharmafilm.com/sebskytools/).


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