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All Automatic Duck Plugins are Free for a Limited Time

I am way late with this, but better late than never — and better free than $500. Wes and Harry Plate, the father-son duo behind Automatic Duck, were recently hired by Adobe. Automatic Duck makes (made) the well-known plugins Pro Import AE, Pro Import FCP, and Pro Export FCP, which allow users to open Final Cut Pro projects in After Effects, as well as enabling some other interoperability. This move by Adobe seems as much to prevent the duo from updating their must-have plugins for Final Cut Pro X, as much as it is to help Adobe with their already admirable integration between Premiere Pro and After Effects, but as a result all of Automatic Duck’s existing plugins — which formery ran $500 apiece — are free. Said Wes and Harry:

“Because we are so busy with these new projects we cannot provide the same level of support for our plug-ins that we used to, therefore we can’t in good conscience charge money for them. But we don’t want our popular tools to go unused if they are still useful to people. Therefore we have decided to make them available at no charge. Enjoy!”

It’s also worth noting that if you’re trying to get into After Effects from Final Cut Pro 7, you can export your edit timeline as an XML file, import it into Premiere Pro, and then open that Premiere file inside AE. However, here’s a workflow using Automatic Duck’s Pro Import AE 4.0 to open RED-based Final Cut Pro 7 projects inside AE:

As for the “limited time” thing, I think I read somewhere that the plugins would eventually be pulled, so if you think you might have a use for them, get while the getting’s good.

Link: Automatic Duck Free Products


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  • Nice post koo but can you please check this out

  • How relevant Anthony.


  • Oh man, I’ve been wanting this software for four years now but have never been able to afford it. Awesome, made my day.

  • Brett Pierce on 11.14.11 @ 12:50AM


  • Awesome!! Thanks for the heads up Koo!

  • I’m having trouble installing the Pro Import AE. I moved the entire Pro Import AE folder into the Plug Ins folder for CS5 like the instructions said but whenever I open AE an error pops up for it. Anyone else experiencing this problem/know how to fix it? All the other ones work fine :-/

  • does automatic duck have anything similar to “replace footage with after effects composition?” shot based, instead of project based AE intergration.

  • sfmuckraker on 11.17.11 @ 3:24PM

    Fairly interesting tactic by Adobe that spawned AD’s termination. Nevertheless, because PEFCP is free, I decided to buy FCPX. Now I can OMF to ProTools/Reason. Previously I was considering PP or MC. Anyway, I’m just one dude of few who went with FCPX.

  • I had the same problem with the error message. It was because I had downloaded the wrong version of Automatic Duck. I foolishly downloaded the windows version instead of the mac version. That fixed it right away!

  • Shayne Archer on 09.25.12 @ 5:48AM

    Do you by any chance still have a copy of 4.0? i can not find it anywhere and AE will not read the 5.0 version. i know i am a bit late here but i am so broke i can not afford new computers and all i have is my PPC g5. It would mean the world to me if you could send Pro Import AE 4.0 my way !