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Using Media Manager in Final Cut Pro

Here's a short tutorial on how to pre-manage your media within Final Cut Pro.

Continue reading for advanced Media Manager techniques...

Using Final Cut Pro Media Manager to delete unused media can be a tricky process. The media manager within Final Cut Pro is an extremely powerful tool. It can also be very confusing if you have not used it before. This tutorial will focus on a common technique which can be used to delete unused media from a large clip.

Here is a special extended tutorial that will walk you through a common scenerio of deleting media that you do not need from a 'Long Clip'.

One workflow within Final Cut Pro is to record one large clip, and then delete the areas, or subclips, that you don't need.

The first step is to record your media into Final Cut Pro. In this example, we'll name the clip 'Long Clip'.

Next, you need to divide the 'Long Clip' into individual subclips that represent each scene. If you are working with a DV camera, and you record your media through the firewire port on your Macintosh, you can use a feature called 'DV Start Stop Detect.' To do this: Highlight your 'Long Clip' within the Browser window and navigate to the Mark menu and select DV Start Stop Detect.

This will create markers for each scene within your 'Long Clip'. These scenes are created each time you turn your camera on-off. The actual markers are based on the time-of-day, not timecode. Therefore, make sure your video camera has it's internal time-clock set.


Next, you need to change the markers that you've created into sub-clips. This can be done by selecting all your markers and then navigating to the Modify menu and selecting Make Subclips. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (command + U).


After you have created subclips, select the ones that you want to keep. Then launch the media manager from the File Menu within Final Cut Pro. Within the media manager, select 'Use Existing' media from the media pull-down menu. Check 'Delete unused media from selected clips'. Make sure you base the media files names on 'clip names'. You might also want to uncheck 'duplicate selected items and place into a new project'. Unchecking this selection will simply make the changes to your current project, instead of creating a new one.

*You can click on the embedded thumbnails for a larger viewer of the screenshots.


Click 'continue' on the next two dialogue boxes which will also warn you that this process is not reversible.


Final Cut Pro will then create new media that matches the subclips that you have selected. You will notice that the old subclips are now 'offline' and the media they were pointing to has been deleted.


*There is one strange caveat when Final Cut Pro creates new media from subclips. If any two or more of your subclips are in consecutive order (in terms of time code) Final Cut Pro will only create one mediafile instead of multiple files for each subclip. You won't notice anything different in your Browser Window, but if you were to look at the actual media-file location, you would notice some of the clips may appear to be missing. This is because Final Cut Pro creates a single larger file if two or more clips have contiguous timecode.


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