Importing & exporting


ftrack comes with a wizard that can help you import project data from an external source such as Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, a Google spreadsheet etc. The wizard consists of a few steps and can either create or update objects.

The import wizard can be opened by clicking the Import button in the toolbar on any main spreadsheet page.

Selecting import method

In the first step of the wizard you select the import method. The wizard supports two layouts of source data, row or column based:

Row based
In this layout each row represents a task. Each row may also include shot or sequence data. When shot or sequence data is present, that information will be used to also update related shots or sequences accordingly, including creating them if missing. Column based
Columns can be used to represent task data. Each row represents where to import the tasks.

Copying source data

Go to the spreadsheet you would like to use as the source. The only requirement is that the spreadsheet supports copying data in CSV format (the default for most spreadsheet applications). Select and copy the rows and columns, including the relevant headers, that you want to import. Then paste the copied data into the wizard and click Next to continue.

Mapping data

Now you need to help ftrack understand which attributes the columns in your source data should map to.

Move your mouse over the column header you want to map, click the arrow that appears to the right and select an appropriate attribute from the drop down menu.

Mapping a sequence attribute will update or create a sequence. Map the sequence name to uniquely identify the sequence. If a sequence with a specific name already exists, all shots and tasks connected to it will be created or updated. Mapping a shot attribute will update or create a shot. The shot will be updated if a matching shot is found, i.e. a shot with the same name exists. If no such shot exists, it will be created.

The options in the drop down menu are different depending on which import method you are using:

Row based
Map a column to Task > Type to specify the type of task that should be created or updated.
Column based
Map a column to any attribute below Task > Animation to create a task of type Animation. For instance, map a column to Task > Animation > Bid to create or update the bid of a task with type Animation. Tasks are only created when bid is not empty.


This step is only required when something in the source data cannot be interpreted correctly, ie. a misspelling. Fix the error by manually selecting the appropriate resolution.


The wizard will have already attempted to guess appropriate mappings where possible.


The last step of the import wizard shows a summary of everything that is going to be created and updated. Each row represents an object that the wizard will either create or update.

When you are ready to start import your data, click Import.


The importer won’t ever delete anything, only create or update.


Data in spreadsheets can be exported to Excel, CSV and PDF files.

Go to the spreadsheet you want to export data from, configure it the way you like with attributes, sorting and filtering and then select a format to export to in the Export menu.

Once a format is selected a dialog will open where you can specify a name of the exported file and if neccessary how you want the report to be formatted.

The available options are:

Name of the exported file.
If the document should be in portrait or landscape layout.
Page number
If page number should be included. 

When you click Export an export job will be started and added to your queue.

As soon as the job is done the report can be downloaded by clicking the job in the job queue.

Including a company logotype

When exporting PDF’s you can brand your reports with your company logotype. This is done by adding the URL to your logotype file in System settings ‣ General Settings ‣ Settings.

Example of logotype file URL:

The logotype file have to be an image of either png, jpg or jpeg filetype to work.

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