UPDATE: Pro Import is now available as a standard feature in AE CS6, meaning you don’t need Automatic Duck or anything else to bring your XML sequences straight into the program! [7/15/12]
If you’re still using a version of After Effects prior than CS6, then the following is for you.
I’ve previously posted a few links for free scripts to convert FCP sequences into After Effects compositions. Lately, I’ve been noticing some of those were getting “buggy”, removing existing effects and filters, mis-reading frame rates and similar issues.
It now turns out there’s a better solution: Automatic Duck. “What? Wait! That costs $500!” I hear you cry. But no, not any more. A couple of months ago, the makers of Automatic Duck made their plug-ins available for FREE when they were hired by Adobe.
Workflow: Download and install the plug-in, export XML from FCP. Run plug-in inside After Effects (from the “File > Import >” menu) and hey, presto. Just tried it (FCP 7 and AE CS5 on my machine) and it works beautifully.