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  • how to replace LoRes clips with its HiRes versions

    Posted by Juan Lesta on March 28, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    I am editing a small video using stock footage.
    I used LoRes clips versions before purchase them.
    After I had the OK from my client I need to replace the LoRes clips for the HiRes versions I downloaded.
    I only find info about how to operate with proxies, but I think this is no this scenario as LoRes clips are no generated by FCP.

    Any idea to figure out how to replace the LoRes versions with HiRes versions avoiding to redo the entire editing clip by clip?

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Eric Santiago
    replied 1 week, 3 days ago
    4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • John Fishback

    March 28, 2024 at 10:23 pm

    Unfortunately, there’s no quick solution. You need to drag each full rez file over the low rez one and select “Replace from start.” If you have applied any transforms or effects to a clip, before replacing the clip, first copy it (CMD-C), then insert the high rez clip, and Paste Attributes (Shift+CMD+V). That will apply all the transforms and effects (which may need to be tweaked). If you’ve edited parts of a clip, you may have to line up each part separately.

    What I do when I’m using temporary audio or video files is first turn each into a Compound Clip then edit the compound clip. Later, when you get the high rez version, replace it into the original Compound Clip and all your edits will be preserved.

  • Eric Santiago

    March 29, 2024 at 7:53 am

    Is the issue timeline sizing?

    Are the clips the same name?

    If your proxy timeline is different but same aspect ratio, you can just change it to whatever the final is after.

    however diff issue if the clips are not the same name.

  • Juan Lesta

    March 29, 2024 at 10:36 am

    Thanks John.
    Clips have identical duration, but different name. If I use the Replace function the in point is not applied so it doesn’t work whatever function I select (Replace, from begging, from end…)

    Compound clip could be the better option, I will try.


  • Eric Santiago

    March 29, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    If there is any hint of the same characters in the Hi res file, you can use an app to remove/add characters and see if that works.
    Ugh that was one of the fixes back in my Avid days 😛

    I use an app called NameChanger religiously 🙂

  • Ben Balser

    March 29, 2024 at 7:44 pm

    1st, there is no built-in way to replace your own proxies with your own originals. FCPX demands it handle everything. 2nd, it’s actually rare you need to use proxies in the first place.

    But now that you have used low res images, you’ll have to import the full res versions and manually match them up. There’s no automatic way to do that in FCPX.

  • Eric Santiago

    March 30, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    Surely there is a way using an XML editor.

    I would have to dig up some old posts to find that.

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