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  • Creating a new Library combining several others

    Posted by Rikki Blow on February 16, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I tried this once before and ended up in all sorts of mess, so am wondering if anyone out there has worked out a decent workflow for doing this.

    I currently have several modest Libraries (between 20 to 120 Gb each), each with one or more Projects, a few Compound clips, and ALL footage consolidated within them (which with hindsight, may have been a mistake).

    I am now working on a longer film and need to use footage, and maybe some sections of the edits along with new edits, from these various shorter Libraries.

    There’s no simple ‘Combine Libraries’ command (which would obviously solve my issue), so I’m looking for advice and workflow to create this Master Library without all the issues I had before (doubled up clips / things that wouldn’t connect / ghost clips I couldn’t delete).

    Anyone experienced in this?

    I’m currently on FCPX 10.4.6 but about to upgrade to latest, so advice for either platform is fine at the moment.

    Rikki Blow replied 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • Ben Balser

    February 16, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    You could just have all those libraries open at once.

    “Copy Projects To Library” is what you’d use. Once done, verify, delete the original.

    But no, no merge libraries function, which would be nice to have.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    February 16, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    I am with Ben on this, you can open multiple libraries simultaneously.

    If possible, maybe consider creating a Library where the footage is kept separate (external), although FCPX will find ways of encoding it and filling up your library.

    Sadly, FCPX and media codecs / management is still just above iMovie level, in comparison to its peers…

  • Rikki Blow

    February 16, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks, but if I have some clips which I didn’t use in Projects in the smaller Libraries, but which I may need in the longer combined project, I guess they’re not going to come across using this method?

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    February 16, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    You should be able to copy individual clips across.

    Or, just create a timeline where all of your footage is included, in the original library, then drag that across.

  • Ben Balser

    February 20, 2023 at 3:50 am

    You can have multiple Libraries open at once and edit clips from one into the other. If they’re on the same drive, FCPX won’t duplicate them, but make dummy files that “point” to the original. If on separate drive, it’s copy a duplicate over. Either way, you are using those clips from the small Project directly into your large Library’s timeline, and it’s all good after that.

  • Rikki Blow

    February 20, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks guys. I think Mads’ solution (creating a timeline with all clips) will prob work best for me, as the original libraries are scattered a bit, and the ideal would be to consolidate everything into one much bigger library in a way that preserves access to all previous projects, but lets me get rid of all the smaller libraries once I’m satisfied everything’s working OK.

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