Friday saw the release of Resolve 8.1, an update to the color grading tool that now allows the import and export of FCPX projects. What followed however was a weekend of discovery when editors realised they could use this to swap projects between FCPX and FCP7.

You might have seen the posting we published from the recent Montreal Final Cut User Group where Blackmagic Design's Resolve was demonstrated by Patrick Inhofer. Mathieu Marano who is one of the organisers of the group decided to take the new 8.1 for a spin. The new version supports the import and export of FCPXML which allows you to roundtrip your projects from FCPX into Resolve for colour grading and then back to FCPX.

We will post Mathieu's first video which shows the roundtripping process and also details how Resolve keeps the timewarp effect and dissolve that he applied to the original project. Keep reading though as this is not the best bit of news!

Resolve also supports XML import and export, so Mathieu thought he would try using Resolve as a bridge or translator to get an FCPX project into Final Cut Pro 7.

And what do you know, it worked!

So just let us run that past you again. A third party has built (as a nice by-product) a tool for converting FCPX projects into Final Cut Pro 7 sequences and vice a versa. This is huge news as Apple have been saying it is extremely difficult to achieve and are not going to support this often requested feature anywhere in the near future.

There are some caveats though. It looks like audio is not supported and something funky is going on with the substitution of effects, but hey, FCPX isn't even four months old yet!

We think this is a good indication that the FCPX/FCP7 interchange problem isn't going to be a problem in the long run. If Blackmagic can engineer a tool that performs this task as an 'extra' to its main function, then you can be sure that there are applications around the corner that are being custom built for the job.

We end on a thank you to Mathieu for not only sending us the information, but also claiming the discovery of this feature by banging his Canadian flag into it first.

Now does anybody know if the free version of Resolve does this???