After seeing tutorials on use of services (http://pixelcorps.cachefly.net/mbkv_235_540p_h264.mov + parts 2-4), I was hoping FCP could use services; of course it couldn’t.
I’m trying to get headline texts from a text file into the headline text FCP project. In the project there are three text fields, gotten from a headline template.
Every day we export the headline texts to an UTF-8 encoded file from ENPS. It has the following format:
Head1: Headline one
Head2: Text of headline 2
Head3: The final headline
Getting the strings out of the file is a simple shell script problem I can solve myself.
However, in the template I would like to leave the labels from the text file (“Head1”, “Head2” and “Head3”). My goal was to select the text and do a text service which would replace the selected text.
Now I find that isn’t possible (at least from a cursory trial just now), therefore I have to turn to this forum.
From what I gather in some posts Apple Script can’t understand the returns from FCP, but simple cut and paste using the clipboard would suffice, I believe.
A few tests with AppleScript Editor showed me that the focus I had in FCP seems to be lost when running a script from inside ASE, thus making it seemingly impossible to copy the currently selected text.
Have anyone tried to do something similar (http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=27625, I don’t understand where to look for the XML file; is it the project file? If so, it might be a trivial task fit for automator…).
Paul K Egell-Johnsen
Graphics Artist/News Producer