Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has announced the movie production house, Snowdrum Audio Visual (www.snowdrum.com), based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has selected X2Pro for its latest project, Cutting Edge MD, for working with an external sound studio. X2Pro, is Marquis’ conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing. The solution uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications.
"Cutting Edge MD is a new type of sport documentary TV show, telling the stories of famous athletes, their injuries and their recovery, aired on FOX Sports," explains Snow R. Shai, director at Snowdrum Audio Visual. “On the project we used X2Pro to export AAF files to an external sound studio from our Final Cut Pro X editing suite. It creates to option to export our sound work to an external professional sound mixing & sound design studio making it straightforward to move files to where we needed them for editing. It simply takes a few easy clicks once your editorial is finished.
“We heard X2Pro was good and the Marquis team seemed dedicated to their work,” continues Shai “X2Pro was the one and only solution for this type of work after Final Cut Pro X was released and now it is crucial to our workflow. We could not have worked with Final Cut Pro X and an external sound studio without it. We will also be using X2Pro on our next feature documentary.”
X2Pro is only available on the Mac App Store at £99.99/$149.99. X2ProLE is a lower cost version for those who do not need audio files referenced, media trimmed, or close control of the conversion of Roles. X2ProLE users can upgrade to the full Pro version with an In App Purchase.
Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced X2Pro, its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing, has been selected for several French productions. The solution has been used by Fabien Daguerre working as a freelance editor at several facilities including Le Lokal, the post production and film studio based in Toulouse, to produce feature length documentaries that have been co-produced and broadcasted by local TLT-Toulouse Television and screened in film festivals.
X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications.
“I work for several film production houses in France,” explains Fabien Daguerre. “Some of which host post facilities, but if not, then I work from home in association with the director. That’s why I personally bought X2Pro, as I had bought Final Cut Pro X.
“I began to work professionally with Final Cut Pro X after X2Pro was first released,” continues Daguerre. “Because all my work requires sound mixing, I needed to be able to export an AAF out of Final Cut Pro X. The solution allows me to send my Final Cut Pro X timeline to sound engineer to be mixed in ProTools (or Nuendo).
“With X2Pro I can choose whether I want to reference or embed the media,” explains Daguerre. “BWF metadata is preserved and then if necessary, sound engineers are able to find others takes of the same scene, consolidate (trim) the media choosing the handle length. X2Pro now also has native support for R3D files.
“X2Pro fills the gaps between Final Cut Pro X trackless timeline and track structure of any DAW,” confirms Daguerre. “It converts the audio roles you assigned in Final Cut Pro X to tracks into ProTools.”
Daguerre has now used X2Pro Audio Convert to help produce the following productions, which have been screened at several film festivals.
Marquis Broadcast, has today announced Turkish broadcaster, DigiTurk, has invested in X2Pro Audio Convert enterprise licences. The Istanbul based facility will now use five copies of Marquis’ X2Pro for audio finishing as part of its post production workflow for all its in-house channels.
X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. Previously DigiTurk used Final Cut Pro 7. However, following an upgrade to Final Cut Pro X, DigiTurk needed to export and send audio to Pro Tools for audio finishing. Marquis’ X2Pro was selected on price and performance and will now be used for work on TV programmes, movies and series channels.
X2Pro works by converting the exported Final Cut Pro X XML into an AAF file, which Avid Pro Tools can open as a session. Using the enhanced metadata in XML 1.2 from Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro provides a high fidelity conversion to a Pro Tools session, with planned support for audio gain and key frames. Taking advantage of the innovative metadata-based organising features in Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro allows detail control over the conversion of audio Roles in Final Cut Pro X to Pro Tools tracks, allowing sound designers and mixers to start working immediately.
“X2Pro’s functionality allows users to utilise the full advantages of Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools,” explains Tom Hassall, marketing manager, Marquis Broadcast. “The product saves time and improves the efficiency of audio finishing and now many leading organisations across the globe are enjoying the benefits that X2Pro brings to post production workflows.”
Noam Kroll from Creative Rebellion decided to shoot his Sundance entry on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW and post produce in Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.
In his recent interview with FCP.co Noam takes you through his full workflow which includes the use of X2Pro to create an AAF from the .fcpxml file and deliver that directly to his sound editor who could then bring that into ProTools in his excellent 5.1 studio and was able to get his session up and running without a hitch.
Kroll had the following to say on his experience of using X2Pro ... "I have to say, I've now used X2Pro several times and am very impressed with it. Each time, I find myself less anxious about translation issues as it still has a perfect record as far as my projects are concerned."