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  • Need assistance optimizing editing flow on an existing project!!

  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Shane is right that 4444 should play back of a fast enough drive.
    USB3 or thunderbolt should cope with it.
    even a single drive should be ok, but fast scrubbing may be an issue?

    nick

  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    ACTUALLY a different Q… if I don’t have to relink my media then how does it work? I thought I was going to export it to a drive and then relink it to the footage in the project, but no?

  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    as i said you have to create custom settings in the A/V settings window.
    you DUPLICATE an existing settings that is close to what you want,
    then EDIT it.

    nick

  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    ACTUALLY a different Q… if I don’t have to relink my media then how does it work? I thought I was going to export it to a drive and then relink it to the footage in the project, but no?

  • Nick Meyers

    January 10, 2016 at 12:24 am

    you don’t have to re-link if your drives are fast enough.
    you are saying that they aren’t.
    you could copy everything to a faster drive.

    if you re-compress, then yes you have to re-connect.

    nick

  • Matt Hixon

    January 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Thank for your help this far everyone! So I tried to batch export files and I placed them on a separate drive away from the original media to see if the new media would connect with it, but then when I tried to reconnect the media FCP told me that some of the attributes of the new file do not match the original (media start/end, reel and number of audio or video tracks). How do I troubleshoot this problem? Also is there a quicker way to reconnect the media then going to each individual file and saying reconnect media (maybe this will be solved once the first question is answered?).

  • Shane Ross

    January 10, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    If you want to make lower res files of existing high res files, the BEST option is to use the MEDIA MANAGER and RECOMPRESS the files to ProRes Then take the high res offline. Batch Exporting might not carry needed info like REEL or TIMECODE.

    Or…all this time the editor could have been working in Premiere and found out how similar it was to FCP 7.

    Shane
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  • Matt Hixon

    January 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Ok thanks again. I am trying that out now. I’m only doing it to about 10 files of no more than 30 second length and it says that the transfer will take about 2 hours… is there a way to make it faster (are my settings messed up somehow)? Also should I be creating a new project for these files? There is an option to do so, but I didn’t check it because I figured it was unnecessary.

  • Nick Meyers

    January 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    batch export most definitely WILL carry reel# and timecode.
    however, it wont carry all the audio tracks, so that can be a problem if you didn’t go double system (separate audio)

    you can get the reel warning if there is no reel# on the files.
    no reel# can also make media manager take an inordinately long time IF you are working with subclips.
    MM will export the entire file, not just the sub-clipped section

    (subclips could also explain the start/end warning)

    no reel# is a worry.

    you can also get reel# and start/end warnings on audio tracks like music or sound effects that aren’t 48k

    are you working from the clips in the project?
    you need to RE-IMPORT the original files.
    it’s best to do all this conversion work in a new project.

    re-conecting isn’t super simple,
    it’d be best to to take all the originals off-line first.
    now you could try to find all the 4444 files in the edit project and take them offline,
    but you can only search for codec or source (file path) in the browser, not the timeline.
    timeline searches are limited to name or timecode, so you’d probably be hampered.

    they way i’d do it would be to modify the file names of the originals in the finder by adding an x, say, to the start, using a batch re-namer. (something that is easy to revert.)
    do this with the projects closed.
    then re-connect to the new files.

    another way would be to copy them off to another drive.
    FCP has to not be able to see them.

    if your going to do that, why not copy to a FASTER dive, and continue working with them.
    i dont understand why your drive is not fast enough.
    is it FW800 or USB2?

    transferring an entire project from one platform to another is not a quick or simple thing to do.

    nick

  • Matt Hixon

    January 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Okay there must be something I am doing wrong because when I send out the files in media manager (there are only merged clips in the browser so I am transferring the merged clips to 422 proxy) they come out split into audio and video and the video can’t even be brought back into FCP. I have no idea how this happened.

    Batch export is not working as well because of the timecode problem. it does not recognize the files as the same media and it would take FOREVER to link them cut by cut.

    Any chance someone has a detailed step-by-step of how to properly do this?? There must be something I am doing wrong because I feel like this shouldn’t be going wrong every time.

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