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EDL X FCPX to Edit Decision List

So hands up, how many editors have ever used an old style EDL? You might not have touched a CMX 3600 standard edit decision list for a while, but there's kit out there that needs a list to function. Now you can make an industry standard EDL from FCPX via XML with the new EDL-X application.

Ah the days of sitting at an edit controller with a long EDL printout, hunched over the keyborad tapping in numbers line after line. Thankfully those days have gone (B Mode, C Mode, D Mode...), but there is hardware and software that needs an EDL or Edit Decision List to work properly.

EDL-X is a $99 standalone application that takes the XML exported from Final Cut Pro X and converts it into a CMX 3600 list.

EDL-X - Rainer Standke

This application is going to have small niche in the post production world and hence the pricing. It looks like Rainer Standke from XMiL Workflow tools has done a good job too as we know from first hand how kit can be fussy with EDLs.

"EDL-X groups all video and audio clips into as few tracks as possible. Each video track gets its own EDL, with synch audio in the same EDL.

EDL X features flexible Source Reel Name handling:
• Source names can be read directly from the QuickTime files used in the project. 
• Alternatively, media file names, or full file paths can be used.
• Source names can be made to conform to strict CMX standards (three numbers), or 8, 16, 32 or unlimited alpha-numerical characters.
• Each EDL includes a source table, allowing for easy tracking of any name conversions.
• All source names are user-editable, on a per-source basis.

EDL-X can save the Final Cut Pro XML file as well as the generated EDLs in one convenient document for future reference."


EDL-X runs on Mac OS 10.7.3 and newer. It requires Final Cut Pro X to export your edited project as XML files.

Rainer has also published two pages that will help with making EDLs.

EDL-X FAQ and know problems & limitations.

The CMX 3600 EDL specification sheet - worth a read to bring back memories - when was the last time we said GPI in the office?