I'm an FCP editor, who also has CS3 full edition, and now CS4 Trial edition for Mac.
I have a client who wants to import my projects created in FCP for their own people to tweak in their offices on their PCs. They are considering purchasing CS4 for Windows if I can demonstrate it works.
Since I'm exclusively Mac, I downloaded and installed the CS4 Mac trial, but could not get it to import XML files I created with FCP version 6, and FCP version 7.
I'm guessing that my issue is using trial vs full editions, but can't seem to find the answer officially.
Don't know about the trial edition, but the full version of PrPro CS4 will read FCP XML files and import the timeline but:
the directory structures must be the same
only straight cuts
same with audio
no mixed tracks/varied levels
audio will unlink
handles may get farkled
must use real black in video, not empty spaces
XML files do not cause as many crashes since the 4.1 update, but your client may not tolerate any.
If you want to keep your client, do your edit in Premiere on the mac and give them the project file.
Thank you much for your reply - I didn't realize just how limiting this feature is.