Final Cut Pro 6 - Main FinalCutPro XML Elements

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Main Final Cut Pro XML Elements

This section describes some of the main elements of the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange
Format. Here is an example of a simple Final Cut Pro XML file. The code below
represents a Browser clip whose media file is offline.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE xmeml>
<xmeml version="4">

<name>Coffee house wide shot</name>




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Part II

Project Interchange

An explanation of the sample code above follows.

Every Final Cut Pro XML file requires the first three elements:

 <?xml> element: This defines the document as an XML file. The example above

shows an <?xml> element with two attributes: version and encoding.

 <!DOCTYPE> element: Every XML document requires a Document Type Definition, or

DTD. The DTD for the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange File Format is called xmeml.

 <xmeml> element: This is the root element of every Final Cut Pro XML file. Every

document should end with a closing </xmeml> tag.

The <clip> element defines a Browser clip in Final Cut Pro. The <clip> element above
contains the following elements:

 <name> element: This is the name of the clip.
 <duration> element: This is the duration of the clip, in frames.
 <rate> element: This is the frame rate of the clip. The <rate> element contains a

<timebase> element that determines the clip’s frame rate and an <ntsc> element
that determines whether the clip frame rate is actually 29.97 fps or 30 fps.

For a complete list of Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format elements, see the
documentation for the Final Cut Pro XML Interchange Format at