Final Cut Pro: How To Manage Media and Motion Analysis Data

In Final Cut Pro, you can manage both media and motion analysis data of your track. It is important that you understand or are able to manage the motion analysis data in your clip.

The Media Manager in Final Cut Pro can move all media files to a single folder, copy entire projects (or items only in a project), and delete any unused portions of media in your hard disk. The Media Manager can also recompress the media files with different image dimensions and compression settings, as well as create a copy of a sequence.

Step 1: Selecting Items

Before you use the Media Manager in Final Cut Pro, you first need to select the clip, bins, sequences or clip items in your sequence that you want to process. The clips and media files processed will depend on the items you will select. You can select several items to process in Media Manager. You can select one or more clips in the Browser or sequences, one or more items in the sequence, an entire project, one or more bins, or a combination of these items.

It is important that you first select the item that needs to be processed before you can actually use the Media Manager, because it needs to know first what to process before it can do anything.

Step 2: Opening the Media Manager

To open the Media Manager, choose File and then select Media Manager. Once you have chosen a sequence or clip in the Browser or Timeline, you can then choose the Media Manager from the shortcut menu that will appear. On the Media Manager window, there is a Summary area, Media area and Project area.

Step 3: Choosing the Settings

Once you have selected the item or items that you want to work on, you can now choose the options to process your media. There are several options to choose from in Media Manager and most of these options affect each other.

The Summary portion of the window tells you the type of operation to be performed and how much hard disk is required for the end product. There will be 2 bars on this with 2 colors: green and blue. The green represents the media files while the blue represents the render files. If you move your mouse over each area, it will show you pertinent information about the file like location, size and duration of the media.

In the Media Area, you can choose the action or operation you want to do to your media files. It is also in this area where you can choose to delete any unused media, render files or just add handles. There are several tasks that you can choose in the Media area, including Copy, Move, Recompress, Use Existing and Create Offline Tasks. The Project area in the media Manager's window lets you choose if you will create a new project or handle multiple angles. Once you have chosen the task that you want to do from the Media pop-up menu, click it.

Step 4: Selecting the Options

After selecting which task you want to do, select if you want to either create a duplicate project or not. Always remember to choose options that include more or less media that is related to your selection. You also need to choose if you want to delete portions in any of the existing files.

Step 5: Choosing a Destination

Once you have completed all of these, you can now choose the destination of your newly copied or moved media files. To do this, click Browse and choose the Choose a Folder. In the Choose a Folder dialog box, select the location where you want to place the file or files, and then click Choose. Once you are done, click OK.

All media files that are duplicated will ask for a new file name and destination.

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