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  • Media Management in FCPX

  • Anantha Perumal

    August 26, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Hi, I’m usually on Avid Media Composer, but switched to FCPx for short 5-6 minute videos I’m creating. So, the current project I’m using has 3 90-minute videos, and I’m going to be using only small portions of them. After creating 3 to 4 videos from this library I will be archiving the project in about 15-20 days, and the process will continue.
    Is there anyway for me to delete the long 90 minute videos and only have the selected portions on the timeline in the library, at the end of the delivery? I don’t want my hard-drive to be filled up with large 5 GB 90 minute files of which I’ll b using perhaps only a few minutes.

    I run FCPX 4.4 on Mac Book Pro.


    P.S Any other media management tips on FCPx are welcome as i’m a newbie to FCPx

  • Brad Hurley

    August 26, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    For longer-term study, note that Ripple Training has an excellent tutorial on media management in FCPX; it’s not free but like most of their other tutorials it’s worth it. Their overall intro to FCPX is also excellent, as is their warp-speed editing tutorial (which might be even more useful to you as it also covers some of the basics).

  • Terry Barnum

    August 26, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    I second Brad’s recommendation for the Ripple Training courses. Mark and Steve do a great job explaining things quickly and clearly. Well worth the cost for the time-savings in my opinion.

    I am a recovering Avid editor and FCPX’s media management was confusing to me at first because of its flexibility. That said, FCPX doesn’t offer a native way to consolidate and trim footage with handles.

    I haven’t used this but Worx4x can consolidate and trim with handles:

    Good series of explanations of FCPX from Avid or Premiere perspective:

    Apple’s docs on media management:

    Good tutorial of FCPX in general:


  • Anantha Perumal

    August 27, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Thank you Terry & Brad. Will check the tutorials out!

  • Oliver Peters

    August 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    The easiest/cheapest way to do this would be to roundtrip through Resolve. Even the free version can do this, but exported clip sizes are limited to UHD with the free version. Send an FCPXML to Resolve. Import that into Resolve and make sure the timeline is correct. Then go to the deliver page and export a new FCPXML, plus clips with handles. Then open that new FCPXML into FCPX and make sure it’s right. This is now your final master sequence, since you plan to delete the original 90 min clips.

    – Oliver

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  • David Battistella

    September 12, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Great Tip Oliver.

    I have also used WORX4X and it is great (as is there pro audio tool)

    Seems that 10.4.9 has a whole new Under the hood media management that I will be testing in the coming weeks.


  • Joe Marler

    September 12, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Quicktime Player 10 can trim, split and re-arrange sections of a video without re-encoding. There is no generational loss of quality, and it’s very fast. Trim is CMD+T and Split is CMD+Y. Split does not literally split the file but marks a range in the clip which you can delete or reposition. In a single pass you can cut out sections, re-arrange sections, trim head/tail, then export the result without re-encoding.

    Of course that requires you do it before you ingest to FCPX. See this Macmost tutorial:

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