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  • Issues/Problems with keywording and metadata

    Posted by Scott Bellefeuille on June 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Spent the day importing a documentary project into FCP X and going through the process of keywording and organizing. I’m curious if anyone else has run into the following issues:

    1. List View in the event browser: Tabbing doesn’t work. Each time I tab from one field to the next to enter information, say from Scene to Shot/Take, I have to click in the field to make it active. It appears you can’t just tab from field to field entering data.

    2. List View in the event browser: If you select multiple rows and try to apply a keyword to multiple items your selection reverts to one row after you have applied the first keyword so you can’t apply multiple keywords to a selection of rows without reselecting after each one. This works fine in thumbnail view but not list view.

    3. Deleting a Keyword Collection deletes the keyword from all clips in collection. For some keywords I don’t necessarily need or want a Keyword Collection cluttering up the event browser. A collection should be separate from the keywords so it could be deleted without removing the keyword from clips. The only workaround I can find is to dump the unneeded keyword collections in a folder so they can be hidden.

    Overall the process was very slow and frustrating due to some of these issues and the general unresponsive of the program (got a lot of spinning beach ball when applying keywords to multiple clips.) For reference the project has about 10 hours of footage, a couple of hundred clips (already in ProRes 422), and I am editing on a brand new MacBook Pro 2.2 Core i7 with 8GB RAM and the footage on a 1TB G-Raid Mini.

    I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this when working on a project with a lot of media?

    Michael Garber replied 13 years ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Simon Ubsdell

    June 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    [Scott Bellefeuille] “I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this when working on a project with a lot of media?”

    Noodling around with a few short clips works fine but throw some seriously long material at it and it FCPX is not happy – certainly my MBP really struggles to cope with source material anything more than 10 minutes long (even if it’s ProRes LT). Bring the same material into FCP7 on the same machine and no struggling at all. I am coming to the conclusion that long clips are an issue – not that I’ve tried FCPX on my MacPro yet so that’s a guess based on the MBP experience.

    Simon Ubsdell

  • Michael Garber

    June 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Long clips definitely seem to be an issue on my end. Had a 20 minute clip. Just doing a cutdown of it in the timeline took forever. Each time I made a cut, there was a spinning beach ball. It would have to re-write the waveform. Very cumbersome.

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