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Old January 22nd, 2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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Final Cut Error

I just transferred the entire contents of a Scratch Drive, along with all footage associated with the project file onto another hard drive. I've retained all folders on the original drive, however the drive itself has a different volume name. When I open the project up another machine off this new drive, I recieve an error "Project File is too new". I had several backed up copies of the project file, and have tried them all with the same error message on this machine.

I'm using Final CUT HD. I believe version 5.1.2 on both machines. I set the scratch preferences to the new drive, but I"m unsure what else could be causing the issue. After I googled the error it suggested a corrupt project file or corrupt files somewhere within the project. Is there anyway to trace the cause of this issue down to which ever sequence, bin or file is causing this issue?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 11:16 PM   #2
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The error message itself is the clue ... Project file too new means that the other machine is using a newer version of Final Cut Pro, hence the project file is from a newer version of the software.

You need to upgrade the second machine to the same version as the first.

In FCP, go to the Final Cut Pro menu and choose "About Final Cut Pro" the subsequent spalsh screen will show you which version is running. Check both machines to be sure.

Alternatively, if upgrading is not an option, you can use FCP's XML support to move projects between the two different versions. Post back if this is what you need to do and I'll outine the proceedure.

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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FCP HD and FCP 5 aren't the same thing. FCP HD is FCP 4.5. FCP 5.0.x is the PPC version and FCP 5.1.x is the UB (universal binary version) that will work on both PPC and Intel Macs.

The shop I'm at recently upgraded from 5.0.x to 5.1.x and none of our 5.0 project files will open in 5.1. We all get the "too new" error even though 5.1 is obviously newer than 5.0. As Andy Mees suggested, making an XML is a way work around the problem.

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