FCPX timecode overwrite
I’ve come across a quirk of FCP today and it’s causing me a bunch of headaches with a round trip to davinci. Hopefully someone can shed some light, or at the very least my case can inform some other users.
The project is a 40min documentary; predominantly shot on a Sony A7sii (in the .mp4 wrapper). In the initial assembly, when the Library was populated with footage, the editor at the time did a drag and drop import from finder (with the preferences set to ‘leave files in place’) and here is where we have a HUGE gotcha.
By Importing .mp4 Sony media in this way FCPX resets the source media timecode on all clips to 00:00:00. Not a major problem until now, when I’m trying to open the project in Davinci Resolve. Without unique timecode and with lots of the clips having the same file name (the a7s resets the clip name to C0001 each time the card is formatted) Davinci hasn’t got a clue what to relink when I import the XML.
Theoretically I can go through the FCPX project, clip by clip and ‘replace’ each clip by importing it a second time using the dedicated import window (which retains the original timecode but insists I ‘Copy media into library’), and then manually overwriting the newly imported instance of the same clip in the project: Before I resign my self to this laborious task is there anyway to remedy it? Automate it?
Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated