I appreciate your reply, only you didn't need to spend so much time writing out your explanation in such detail!
All kidding aside, if it can't be done how I described, how can it be done?
Why can't I open a CS4 project in 2.0? Additionally, what kind of work around is there? (like an EDL list and exporting the footage as AAF or something??)
I have a hard time believing that there is no one else who needs to get FCP projects into 2.0. Especially since one of the
students can get to it in CS4. I know it was a pain before CS4, but now with CS4 it shouldn't be a problem. Is this intentionally crippled
so as to encourage upgrades to CS4?
Anyways, if someone could describe a workflow that does NOT involve buying a mac and FCP, or upgrading to CS4 (I would literally have to upgrade
my computer too, so no thanks), I would be much obliged!!
Ever heard of 'backward compatibility'? Well, simple, there isn't any.
Ever tried opening a Word 2009 .docx document with Word 6.0?
Is this intentionally crippled so as to encourage upgrades to CS4?
No. The feture set of the two versions is simply too different. The 2.0 editor will need to upgrade. (Take heart, though. It's well worth it.)
Welcome to the forum.
The best that you can do is get the FCP material Exported in a format that PrPro 2.0 can handle. I've had good luck with pretty plain-vanilla .MOV files. Make sure that the Export is not something like the Apple ProRez CODEC. Since the Mac cannot Export to DV-AVI (usually), that avenue is not open.
Now, if you wished to Import the PrPro 2.0 Project into CS4 to do the editing, things are a bit better. I believe that FCP can export an AAF, that CS4 can Import and work with. If not, CS4 will still handle more .MOV stuff (stay away from the ProRez), than PrPro 2.0 could.
I just checked a PrPro 2.0 Project with 134 FCP .MOV files in it, that work perfectly. These were all Exported with the Apple Animation CODEC.