Discreet has announced that it plans to support Final Cut Pro’s .XML-based interchange format in upcoming versions of its editing and visual effects systems. This means that editorial decisions made by users with Final Cut Pro will be directly transferable to Discreet's smoke and fire editing and finish systems, as well as its lustre digital grading and colour correction system.
Calling Final Cut Pro a mainstay of Hollywood, Discreet vice president of product development Marc Petit noted that Final Cut Pro is already the editorial tool of choice for many professionals who also use Discreet products. "Discreet's strategy is to support standards that give customers maximum flexibility in their production environments," he added.
Discreet plans to demonstrate the exchange of metadata between Final Cut Pro and its own systems later this year, with file format support to follow in future versions.