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  • Error Importing FCPX XML into Resolve – Can’t Find Footage

     Glenn Sakatch updated 1 month, 1 week ago 4 Members · 8 Posts
  • musman

    June 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I’m new to this software and am trying to import a .fcpxml file into Resolve v16.0.0.060. Every time I do, Resolve says “24 of 24 clips were not yet found.” I select yes to get Resolve to search in the folder where the clips are, but it still doesn’t see them. So, I have a timeline w/ nothing but Media Offline clips. Also, the clips have completely different names on the timeline than they’re actually named. Weird.

    The filmmaker used a Canon C100 Mk1 and shot at 1080 29.97 (unsure if progressive or interlaced) AVCHD. Pretty sure there’s no slow motion baked in or anything complicated like that.

    So, is there some kind of workaround? Thanks for any help!!

  • Michael Gissing

    June 12, 2021 at 1:03 am

    That camera is a bit of a disaster because with each card the camera resets and duplicates the same file names, usually something like C0001, C0002 etc. This is a problem, especially when the editor renames files in the timeline. File name duplication and renaming are the two best ways to stuff up an xml transfer between any NLE’s. One workaround is to import the media into Resolve first. Then get the editor to sit and manually relink the shots. The timecode values will be correct so it is a matter of finding the right shots. That way the editor will perhaps realise the importance of unique file names and do any file renaming before editing commences.

    I’m afraid it will be a manual mess. This is not the fault of Resolve. It’s a fundamental NLE workflow mistake

  • musman

    June 12, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Thank you for this! And yes, the Canon files are named “00000.MTS” and go from here to “00083.MTS”. The original editor (I’m just trying to do some color and audio finishing) may have renamed the clips from the camera though. Regardless, when I open the XML into Resolve, the clips it shows for the project are all misnamed, duplicated, etc. Things like “Clip #83” kind of make sense b/c there are 83 total clips, but having multiple “Clip #83” files and other clips named things like “R1-T1” is bizarre to me. Also, when I try to relink these clips in the Media Pool to what I think would be their corresponding files, Resolve doesn’t even give me the option to relink, unlink, replace, etc the selected clip. Just as a test, I brought in of his original clips (ie not one of the offline clips created when I attempted the XML import) into the Media Pool, those options are there.

    Short of bringing the editor into my studio to manually match up each file on the timeline, any other thoughts or possible solutions? POssibly adjusting some settings in FCPX for the XML export?

  • Michael Gissing

    June 13, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I normally ask the editor to provide an output of their timeline to see what the correct shot is and when you have to manually relink, you select the shot in the media pool then right click on the timeline clip and select Conform Lock with Media Pool Clip. Put the output on the top track and set opacity to 50%. That way you can see when the correct clip is force linked as the shot under the reference will line up. It helps to set the view in the media pool to thumbnails and make them big so you can see shots better to manually match.

    There is nothing that can be set in FCPX or Resolve when clip names are repeated and different from the original media. This is a workflow error and it is the responsibility of the editor to fix this sort of mistake prior to editing.

  • musman

    June 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    That will be some work, but it’s doable. Thank you again very much!!

  • Michael Grenadier

    June 15, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve always had issues relinking to media from xml files in resolve. sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t.

    don’t know if this is the issue but many cameras recording avchd create “spanned clips” because the format of the card has a file size limitation. When the file size limitation is reached, the camera creates a new file and theoretically your editing software combines the files to create the clip. Unfortunately, this usually causes issues with xml files brought into resolve. What editing software was the editor using? I’d suggest he output a full rez output which you can then import into resolve and use an edl exported from the editing software to “add edits” in resolve. Resolve does have an edit detect feature, but I haven’t had much luck with it.

    What I do, is usually output my “spanned” clips from premiere as a high quality video file and then relink to this file rather than the spanned clip.

  • Michael Gissing

    June 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

    I’ve not had issues with spanned clips but this is the classic combination of camera makers like Canon and Sony creating duplicate clip names on some of their cameras. An editor needs to pickup that there is duplication and and add a prefix or suffix to makes each file name unique before they edit.

    Renaming inside an NLE causes further confusion and pushes the problem to the post people who will always have to deal with it. Working with cameras that don’t create these duplicates and editors who understand workflow, xml transfers are rarely an issue for me.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    June 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    One of the first steps when editing for a show that is going down a pipeline like this is to check file names, and timecodes. If they all look duplicated (all start at 0:00:00:00) or are simply clip01.*, you have to stop what you are doing, and rectify the problem, or you will be causing a huge headache down the road. I use rename programs to change the clip01’s to shoot dates, and other programs to change the timecode to time of shoot timecode. These now become the master clips for everyone going forward. All backups and archives use these versions of the clips as well.

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