FCP X Media Management

FCP X Media Management

In Final Cut Pro X, there are many different
ways to manage your media. The way Final Cut Pro X manages media has
changed from previous versions of the software. I’m going to jump ahead a bit to explain the
new media management features in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2. You can see that I have two libraries here. If you click on this library at the top, you
can see all the associated content off to the right inside the Browser window. In this case you can see that I’ve got one
project along with all my organized content inside this single library package. You’ll notice that I have the media organized
into a series of folders. These folders are called Events. It’s important to note that a library can
live anywhere on a hard drive. To find where a library lives, right click
on it, and choose reveal in finder. So, in this example, you can see that this
particular library lives on the desktop. It’s important to note, this library file
is a package that contains project information along with managed media. If you are finished working with a particular
library, I recommend that you close it. To do this, right click on a library and choose
close library from the contextual menu. Closing libraries that you are not using will
provide additional system resources for Final Cut Pro X. Now, if you are launching Final Cut Pro X
for the first time, you will have one library with an event inside it. It’s a good idea to immediately rename your
library to something that makes sense to you. Now, when you start out your library will
have a single event. Go ahead and rename the event to match the
content that you plan on importing. It is also be a good idea to create a series
of additional events ahead of time so you can organize your content before you begin
editing. To do this, right click on a library and choose
new event. Then give each new event a unique name. Now remember, a library can be stored anywhere
you like, and it’s important to note, that if you are launching Final Cut Pro X for the
first time, the initial library will be located within your user’s movie folder on the internal
system drive. Again, to demonstrate, you can find the location
of a library by right clicking on it and choosing reveal in finder. You can see that the default location of the
library is located in the user’s movie folder on the internal hard drive. If you have additional hard drive storage,
I do not recommend that you store your media on your internal system drive. This is because your internal drive will eventually
fill up with media, and you will still need a place to store or archive your content. Now, remember the library contains your project
information along you’re your managed media. This functionality has led to some confusion,
because in order to view the raw media from the OS, you need to right click on the library
package contents to view the files. There is a new feature in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2
now gives you the ability to ingest or consolidate media to a folder outside of the library package. To demonstrate, I’m going to re-open the library
that I closed earlier by navigating to the file menu and choosing open library. If you click on an existing library, the library
properties window will appear. From here, you can choose a folder outside
of the library as a storage location for your media. To do this, click on the modify settings button. The default location for ingesting or copying
media is set to location of the library package. However, you can change that from this dialogue
box. In this example, I’ll set the storage location
for my library to a folder on an external drive. So now, from this point forward, any media
ingested into this particular library will go to a folder on the external drive instead
of the library package itself. You can also choose to consolidate your media
from an entire library into an external folder. To do this, press the consolidate button. Then press okay. So now, all the media from the library package
has been copied into a folder based on the storage location that you set within the library
properties window. I can demonstrate this by right clicking on
a clip within the browser window, and choosing reveal file from the contextual menu. You can see that Final Cut Pro X is now referencing
the media on the external drive instead of the library package. And also, notice how Final Cut Pro organizes
your media into folders based on date stamps within the media. Consolidating media to an external drive is
useful if you need share media with someone else. As long as you receive the content back inside
the same folder with the same file names, Final Cut Pro X will link back to the new
files. As a final note, if you choose this method
of managing your media, just make sure you keep your library package along with the specified
folder that contains the media when archiving an entire project. For other great tips like this or to enroll
in a Final Cut Pro X training class, visit GeniusDV.com


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