Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to Blake Hodges)
Only FCP 7 can open FCP 7 project files, period. That's how most apps with "project" files work.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 1:06 PM (in response to BenB)
Most apps, when they have a new version, open the project files from the old versions. That's the way most aps work.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to Blake Hodges)
FCPX is not a new version of any previous application. I think Apple was clear about that since April 2011. This is a wholly new application with no relationship to any previous application, except for some code from iMovie.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
If that were completely true, then you would be able to install it as a separate application, with FCP7 and FCPX living on the same partition like any other applications. Even in the FCPX documentation (in the section where they instruct how to install FCP7 and X on separate partitions), they state that, just as with any other applications, you can't have more than one generation of an app installed on the same partition simultaneously. Apple looks at it as just the new version of older software, not a different program.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 5:28 PM (in response to Blake Hodges)
This is crap. You can run them on the same partition. Most people do. Both applications, all the X based apps and the old studio apps can be in the same Applications folder at the same time. You just can't run them at the same time because they access the same system resources. The only single thing FCP7 and FCPX have in common is that they carry the name in the Applications folder. 7 is based on 32-bit code going back to OS8. FCPX is fully 64-bit and has no relation to earlier models, and is based wholly on AV Foundation. This was all made clear from the first introduction of the application.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 6:22 PM (in response to Blake Hodges)
What you need to do is to find somebody with FCP-7. Then have them open up your project files that you want to use in FCP-X (you don't need the media - just the project file, it will come up in FCP-7 with all the media off-line, that is OK) and once they are open, have them export an XML of each project, and save that exported XML.
Then use 7toX to convert(open) them in FCP-X so that you can use them in FCP-X. Once the project is open in FCP-X, you'll need to reconnect the media.
Make sure you read the cautions from 7toX - not all the data is transferred: