LumaFusion 2.2 Adds XML Export Option For Final Cut Pro X

February 17th, 2020
LumaFusion 2.2 Adds XML Export Option For Final Cut Pro X

The new version of the mobile editing platform LumaFusion 2.2 has been released. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is the option to export XML file for Final Cut Pro X. This feature is a one-time in-app purchase priced at $19.99. Other new features are Add/Edit and new keyboard shortcuts.

LumaFusion 2.2 now supports XML export to FCPX. Source: LumaTouch

LumaFusion is a multi-track video editing platform from LumaTouch. As an iOS mobile editing platform, it can be used on iPhones and iPads. If you are not familiar with LumaFusion yet, you can take a look at our workflow guide – Fast Video Editing on the iPad Pro with LumaFusion, which was published one year ago, so it might not be fully up-to-date anymore with the new iPad OS. Recently, LumaTouch released new LumaFusion 2.2. What is new?

LumaFusion 2.2 Update

The new feature of exporting XML files is aimed at those filmmakers who like to edit on both platforms. It will now be possible to for example start the edit in the field on a mobile device with LumaFusion and then finish it in the editing suite on Final Cut Pro X. Please note, that this feature is not included automatically in the LumaFusion 2.2. It is a one-time in-app purchase that costs $19.99.

To export a timeline from LumaFusion to FCPX, tap the Share/Export menu and select “XML Project Package.” A streamlined menu enables editors to select a target location for media, e.g., AirDrop to a laptop or desktop. Users then select whether or not to include media in the project package, then tap “export.” A .zip file is packaged and sent to the destination of choice (laptop or desktop) and is ready to be opened directly in FCPX for additional editing.

While XML is a standard accepted by many NLEs, in this version, LumaFusion can only export an XML file specifically tuned for FCPX, so other NLEs most likely won’t open the exported file correctly. There are further information about this feature in the following video from LumaTouch.

Furthermore, in LumaFusion 2.2 there is a new Add/Edit feature. With this feature, users can now manage the lists of Import Projects, Sources Library, Import Media Sources, and Export Destinations. It is possible to choose more easily what is visible in these menus.

There are new keyboard shortcuts in LumaFusion 2.2 which users can start using immediately. LumaTouch will also soon release new keyboard overlays for these shortcuts. On an external keyboard, pressing and holding the Command Key will show the updated shortcuts.

New keyboard overlays for LumaFusion. Source: LumaTouch

Price and Availability

LumaFusion is available for download in the Apple App Store and it is priced at $29.99. As I wrote above, the Export to FCPX feature is available as a one-time in-app purchase as part of the LumaFusion 2.2 update and it is priced at $19.99.

Do you sometimes edit your videos on a mobile device? Do you have experience with the LumaFusion mobile editor? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Andie
Andie
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February 20th, 2020

Too bad that this is UTTERLY USELESS. Because if all I can do is a hard cut and everything else that is of any value, such as effects (color correction), titles and various transitions are LOST or RASTERED (i.e. uneditable), then I’m *exponentially* better off just using IMOVIE FOR IPAD with which I won’t lose ANYTHING when sending to FCP.

Nice PR feature that is effectively POINTLESS in practice. Sorry. Try again.

Patricio
Patricio
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May 2nd, 2020
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I’m sorry you don’t see the value in this, and for how your lack of imagination and resourcefulness/creativity must stunt your video projects.

Take this use case:

You’re on location for an instagram video for your local coffee shop. The shop is still busy, so you decide handheld is the way to go, and you keep your iPad nearby so you don’t have to unload your laptop setup (since the iPad doesn’t take up much space and is easy to move around).

The shoot so far seems to be going smoothly, but you want to double check things. So you pull up LumaFusion and do a quick rough cut to the song you chose ahead of time. Using LumaFusion as an almost Pre-viz tool, you realize that you forgot to shoot a step, and another shot might look better from a different angle. You quickly get those last two shots, and place them in the LumaFusion timeline and it looks great.

Now instead of wasting the rough cut you now have, you export it as an XML project for later. It has all the cuts, includes all the clips and audio, maybe some basic sound design you might have played around with while you were sipping coffee while the cafe owner helped out some customers. When you get home, you open up FCPX or DaVinci Resolve and import the Pre-Viz cut you made, and half the work is already done.

LumaFusion helped you make sure you got the shots you needed and lined up an edit to your music without any fuss. No need for titles, transitions, or color correction/grading. Let the workhorse NLE handle those. Even in this use case, it is worlds better than iMovie.

Garrick
Garrick
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February 19th, 2020

Wow thats great, as a 12.9″ iPad Pro power user, rocking out without a laptop for 2 years now this is huge to be able to start projects in Luma.

Andie
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February 20th, 2020
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Clearly you haven’t used it yet. Enjoy wasting your money. ??

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