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  • Proxy Issues

    Posted by Jiri Fiala on March 11, 2024 at 10:04 am

    FCPX 10.7.1 won’t let me link to externally created proxies (by Blackmagic Proxy Generator – I need to retain file/folder structure).

    It links okay, no error messages, BUT there’s still only the Original under Media Representation.

    What is super bizarre is when I do Reveal Proxy, it DOES reveal the correct proxy file, BUT when I unmount the drive with the originals and switch to Proxy Only, it will be offline.

    It’s a newly created library, Prores originals. HFS+ drives.

    Any tips? Thanks!

    Mads Nybo jørgensen
    replied 1 month ago
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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    March 11, 2024 at 10:56 am

    Hey Jiri,

    There are much smarter people around here, who knows more about proxies and FCPX than I do. However, as some of them might be in another time-zone. I’ll give it a go:

    FCPX 10.7.1 won’t let me link to externally created proxies (by
    Blackmagic Proxy Generator – I need to retain file/folder structure).

    Why are you using the Blackmagic Proxy Generator?
    As in, and it is a qualified guess, how will FCPX properly see those files as proxies versus that of those files being the full resolution original files?

    Adding that if you have the originals on a drive, why not edit from those?
    Or create the proxies inside FCPX?

    In short: It is most likely that FCPX does not see the Blackmagic generated proxies, as proxies.
    Might be that you need both the Proxies and the Original files to be present at the same time, either on internal or external storage, for Apple to play nicely with them all.

    As said, just one opinion – hopefully others will have a quicker fix.


  • Jiri Fiala

    March 11, 2024 at 11:08 am

    Hi Mads, thanks.

    I have used BMD Proxy Generator to do this in the past with FCPX without any issue. It just doesn’t work now with 10.7.1.

    I like that it retains the original folder structure, which FCPX does not do. On the off chance some files have the same filename, this doesn’t lead to FCPX confused or appending numbers to the clips.

    The originals are 16TB which I can’t take with me home or on the go.

    FCPX does see the proxies as proxies, SORT OF. As I said, it does link them as proxies and does reveal the correct proxy files when i do “Reveal Proxy File in Finder”.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    March 11, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Jiri,

    Apple had always been known for doing their own thing, with no care for users, or App developers, sadly.

    My advice is for you to report problem to Blackmagic to find out if they are working on a fix.

    Or, alternatively, if you can, roll your FCPX version back to one that you know that it will work inside.
    Because often FCPX “upgrades” brakes things that did not needed to be fixed – particularly when it comes to using third-party “plug-ins”.

    Hope that this helps.


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