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Media Management in Final Cut Pro 6.0

A new key feature in Final Cut Pro 6.0 is the ability to make subclips 'indepedent'. This may not sound like a big deal, but it's a fantastic feature when it comes to managing and archiving your media within Final Cut Pro.

Here's how it works using a typical example:

You can record each tape as one long clip, and then use the 'DV Start/Stop Detect' feature to create markers each time the camera starts and stops.

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Twirl down the disclosure triangle to view all the embedded markers within the 'long clip'. Then use the keyboard command (Apple + U). This will change the markers into subclips.

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You can then go ahead and rename all the subclips to match the content that they represent.

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You can now start editing, as you normally would. When you are finished, you will have a sequence that uses only portions of all the available media. After you are finished with your production, the last step would be to manage the media referenced by your sequence.

Highlight all of the clips within your active sequence. Then right click on one of the highlighted clips and choose 'make independent clip'.

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Normally, a sub-clip references the entire media file, even though the subclip only shows a section of the larger file. By making the clip(s) indepedent, it will now only reference the actual portion being used in the sequence.

To create new media that is only referenced by your sequence, highlight the sequence in the Browser Window, and navigate to the File - Media Manager menu. The will bring up the Media Manager tool.

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Verify that the modified media is shorter than the original media. *Always be careful when using the Media Manager tool. Be especially careful if you are using the 'Move' or 'Use Existing' commands. You cannot undo functions performed with the Media Manager.

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