This post contains a brief description of the fields and options available in the convert tool tab in Vordio 5.5.4

Convert tool tab UI

Source File

You can browse for or drag and drop a sequence file format you wish to convert here. Depending on the file format some other options will be enabled or disabled depending on if they are relevant to that format. Supported input formats are *.fcpxml (Final Cut Pro X and Resolve), *.xml (Premiere and Resolve), *.adl (Nuendo), *.tl (StudioOne and Nuendo), *.RPP (Reaper), *.sesx (Audition), *.edl (Many NLEs but very limited for audio purposes). Support for some formats is more fully featured than others.

Output Folder

The output folder will default to the same folder as the source file. You can change it if you want the converted output to go somewhere else.

Search Folder

This field is optional and usually not required. It can be useful when the media is not longer in the location specified in the source file. This can occasionally happen when needing to cross platform because file systems are different on Mac and Windows.

Frame Rate

This is usually not required because most modern formats include the frame rate. Some older formats such as EDL do not always contain the frame rate so it must then be specified.

Start Time

This is usually not required because most modern formats include the start time. Some older formats such as EDL do not include the sequence start time.

Copy compatible media

If media is compatible with the target format then it will be copied into the converted output folder. i.e. when converting to a RPP then WAV, MP3, AIF files can already be handled well by REAPER so there is no need to convert the media. Some output formats will only allow WAV files so an MP3 would not be copied, it would be transcoded into a WAV instead.

Transcode incompatible media

If the media file cannot be handled well by the target format, then the file will be transcoded into a WAV instead. i.e. a video file called MyVideo_001.MOV would have it’s audio extracted into the output folder as MyVideo_001.MOV.wav.

Create folder for output files

This option will create a new folder inside the output directory, named according to the sequence it is converted from and all generated files will be put there. Otherwise any generated files will go into the output folder directly.

Separate media into subfolders

This option is only necessary if all your media doesn’t have unique filenames. i.e. There is more than one file called MyAudio_001.wav but located in different folders. New subfolders with mangled names will be created for each original media path. If you are sure all your media has unique file names then these extra subfolders are unnecessary.

Embed BWF metadata

If this is on then any files transcoded into WAVs will have BWF timestamp embedded in the WAV.

Exclude disabled items

Any clips/items that have been disabled in the source format will not be included in the output format. Otherwise they will be included by disabled (muted).

Layout uses item channel count

Any clips/items will be organised into tracks based on the number of channels the clips require i.e. mono, stereo, surround items will not appear on the same track.

Include video as empty items

For sound design it can be handy to have a ‘picture cut track’ that show where each shot begins and ends. The items will be empty (won’t link to any media) but instead just serve as a reference. This tutorial video shows using a picture cut track.

Include all takes in auditions (FCPX only)

FCPX has a feature where a clip can have multiple takes. Usually you only want the active take used in sequence but there may be times where you want all takes added to the converted output sequence.

Include item markers

Most NLEs allow two types of markers – Sequence markers (also called chapter markers) and markers on individual clips/items. Usually you only want to include sequence markers because also including item markers can result in a very large number of markers in the output project which can be too messy.

Recombine multichannel items (Premiere only)

XML uses a separate track for each channel of audio. This can be inconvenient when converting because a stereo item would be split into two mono items, one item for each left & right channel. This option attempts to detect this situation and create only one stereo item which is usally easier to work with.

Condensed layout (Premiere only)

This option attempts to minimise the number of tracks in the converted sequence to save screen space. However, depending on the type of edit, this could also make the result more confusing because items may have moved to a different track to save space.

Colors as roles (Premiere only)

This option will organise tracks into parent folder tracks based on the color of the clip in Premiere. This can be useful if the editor uses colors to categorize clips in their workflow. This is similar to the concept of ‘roles’ used to categorise clips in FCPX.

Color source media repetition (Reaper only)

This option will give converted items a unique color based on which media file that the item uses. This can be very useful for quickly identifiying which items may need similar treatment. i.e. two items that came from same piece of recorded dialog are likely to need the same treatment such as levels, EQ and noise reduction. The colors may look random but they are not. They help you see similar problems.

Nested folder tracks for subroles (FCPX only)

FCPX organises clips by roles which can have subroles. i.e. Main role “dialogue” may have subrole “Pete” for Pete’s dialogue channel. In this case it is useful to have two levels of nested parent tracks in the converted output to separate out dialogue from different actors on radio mics. However there are also some situations where subroles can create too many folder tracks. One situation is where the edit is of a live band recording and the audio recorded from the desk has 32 channels. Having an extra nested folder for each channel would create way too many subfolders.

Output format

The type of sequence format you wish to convert your source format into. The available formats are RPP (Reaper project), AES31 ADL (Can be imported by Nuendo), OpenTL (Can be imported by Studio One and Nuendo).

Vordio 5.5.4 is now ready for download. This release is mostly bug fixes.

Extract tool tab

  • Fixed regression bug in recent release

Final Cut Pro X XML

  • Fix for huge LUT data blocks in XML
  • Reversed clip fix

Premiere XML

  • Subclip fix for source media in point

AES31 ADL

  • More readable track names
  • Zero timecode fix
  • Nuendo timecode fix
  • 24 hour wrap around fix
  • Option to allow relative paths
  • Added option to ignore timecodes
  • Added support for input and output character encodings

OpenTL

  • Fix for absolute Nuendo paths
  • Character encoding fix

EDL

  • Character encoding support

RPP

  • Fixed RPP converter to set track types
  • Forced utf8 on windows
  • Number format when RPP has float fade value
  • Fix for when RPP track has no channel count

A license is only needed to generate the full timeline (longer than 3 minutes) at the sound editor’s end. There is no restriction on media collection at the NLE end.

Steps 1 & 2 at the NLE side (no license installed)

1. A client can use the free version to pack up media (but RPP will be incomplete if longer than 3 mins). They should check nothing is left in queue as that means those items were offline.
2. They can zip up the folder (zip reduces the upload to about 60% size) to send you PLUS the XML.

Steps 3, 4 & 5 at the REAPER side (with license installed)

3. You unzip the media folder at your end.
4. Put the XML next to the media folder.
5. Run Vordio again with your license on the XML to re-generate the RPP again. Vordio should now recognise the media is in the folder next to the XML and link that that.

You should now have a new RPP that is complete and links.

Vordio 5.5.3 is now available for download. This is a free update for all 5.x users.

New:

* Premiere XML: track names are now used when naming tracks (except when using condensed layout option).

Fixed:

* FCPX XML: missing item fades under various circumstances
* FCPX XML: Incorrectly timed automation on asset clips

Vordio 5.5.2 is available for download.

This release contains improvements & fixes to Final Cut Pro X XML translation.

* Improved support for automation and fades on compound clips, multicam clips and sync clips.

* New option “Nested folder tracks as subroles” that can be turned off to reduce track count if you have a huge number of subroles.

* Fix for large multichannel files with 10 or more channels being mapped incorrectly.

Vordio 5.5.1 is now available for download. This is a free update for all 5.x users.

This update addresses fixes & enhancements to the “Apply change list” tool tab.

* Items, points and markers that are out of range of the change list source regions are now ignored. This enables having multiple reels in a project but only reconforming the relevant reel.

* Added option to remove unused markers (markers that could not be reconformed). Only markers will be removed currently, regions are still left.

* The add regions checkbox is now observed correctly.

* Added regions are now prefixed with “R:” This allows easy filtering of the reconform check list in the marker manager.

* Fixed EDL parsing for change lists exported from Conformalizer. Previously only Ediload exports were supported.

Vordio 5.5 now available for download here (or via the direct download button on Vordio). It is a free update for all 5.x users.

Fixed:

* Reconform now injects new material at bottom of tracks to prevent existing track indexes being affected

* Reconform now moves post fx pan envelopes which were erroneously ignored before

* Fix for extraneous spaces in project name preventing project folder being created

* Fix for special characters in project name creating illegal file and folder names

* Fix for FCPX XML parsing error when asset has no name

New:

* Optional search folder added to convert and reconform which is useful if media not in original location.

* Minimised the size of empty parent tracks in RPPs to give more screen space to tracks with items

Vordio 5.4 also introduced a new tool tab called “Apply Change List”.

This allows you to apply a change list to a native REAPER project file (RPP).

Supported change list formats are VCL (vordio change list) & EDL (edit decision list).

NOTE: The new compare tool can be used to generate a change list if you do not already have one.

A new compare tool has been introduced in Vordio 5.4.

This tool allows you to compare two XMLs or EDLs to produce a region change list as VCL file (vordio change list) or an EDL file (edit decision list).

The example below shows comparing the video clips from two XMLs from FCPX (Final Cut Pro X) to create a VCL format change list.

A VCL file can then be fed into the “Apply change list” tool to alter a REAPER project or fed into my free hammerspoon script that can be used to apply the changes to various other DAWs on MacOS.

The examples below use my hammerspoon script to automate applying the change list to other DAWs.

Protools

Studio One

Digital Performer