The problem is that FCP doesn't read the files natively like Premiere Pro can. They need to rewrap XDCAM EX footage into a .MOV format. The best choice in your case (IMO) is to rewrap all of the footage in FCP as a .MOV and then import that directly into Premiere Pro for the edit.
The AVCHD that is being brought into FCP will be transcoded into ProRes of some flavor. Again, as long as you have a current version of quicktime, you should be able to playback and edit those clips inside of Premiere Pro without difficulty.
I think you have miss understood me,I have Premiere Pro CS5 and all works well. The editor for this job is working on FCP and they can't read the cards from my EX1R. I need to convert into a file format that they can use without loosing quality. What would be the best way to export from ME/PP to a external disk or onto dvd and what format, it is about two hours footage.
The editor for this job is working on FCP and they can't read the cards from my EX1R.
That doesn't make much sense; FCP works with XDCAM-EX just fine. Is it just that they can't mount the cards on the Mac? If so, they need the SxS drivers (I'm assuming that's what you're shooting to) which are available on Sony's site.
If they don't want to do that, you could just copy the folder structure off the card to a hard drive, and then they would use Log and Transfer in FCP to navigate to the folder structure and "import." I say "import" because the Log and Transfer window will recognize the folder structure and the files, but will rewrap them to MOV on import.
Hope that helps...?
Colin nailed it.
Here's the link for SxS drivers for Mac http://www.sony.ca/promedia/drivers.htm
The FCP editor will have to use Log and Transfer to move the media over so that he can read the files.
Also--and I'm not sure that you actually need this--but Sony provides their own FCP L&T plug-in for XDCAM: Log and Transfer Utility for Apple FCP Version 1.2
I believe the built-in L&T does everything you'll need, but this gives some expanded functionality, as far as I'm aware.
PS: Dennis, did we go through a wormhole or something, and pop out in Appleland?
thanks for all the help,
I will go and install the software and plugins and see what happens.