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  • Audio Files from external recorders

    Posted by Winston A. cely on March 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I’m curious if anyone else has had this issue…

    For years now, whenever I use the import function of FCP on audio files recorded using various field recorders (both Tascam and Zoom) the initial import does not work. They show up in the browser, but upon further inspection, they are still pointing to the SD Card from the field recorders not the storage location for the media.

    I have to actually drag the files to the storage location the media is to live on, and then relink to those files. My most current attempt to “consolidate media” for a Proxy library I was planning on using at home this weekend, worked on all the media EXCEPT the d**n .wav files. I just looked inside my Library and they’re all aliases. I thought I did a proper test of the Proxy library after consolidating it, by ejecting the original storage location, opening the Proxy Library, and seeing if all the media was there. It appeared to be, but I just opened it up, and just the .wav files are aliases. Everything else consolidated the way I thought it should. What stupid thing am I doing? To paraphrase HAL, I know it’s human error, I just don’t know what error it is. Can someone help me not be so dumb?

    Winston A. cely replied 3 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
  • 6 Replies
  • Robert Olding

    March 22, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Did you select the “Copy to library” in the import window? Also, when you consolidate media, you can also choose to consolidate the original media to a specific location/folder.

  • Winston A. cely

    March 22, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Yeah, I did.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 23, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Copying the files from the media card to storage should be your normal action. Then import the media after your copy to local storage.

  • Winston A. cely

    March 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Gotcha. I’ll make this our policy moving forward.

    Is there a reason this has to be done? When importing video from our SD Cards, we don’t have to copy the video to our hard drive first and then import it.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 29, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Not sure what format your video is, but I’m guessing some sort of AVCHD? If so, FCPX creates new media when it imports and rewraps the media. With audio, it’s attempting to use the media right off of the card as FCPX doesn’t need to convert it. So it’s best to move the media off of the media card and then import it.

  • Winston A. cely

    March 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Yeah, my students are recording on Sony a6300’s so either XAVC S for 4K or HD. Thanks for your help on this! You’ve clarified something I should have known already.?

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