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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 00:57 #95670

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Help! Yesterday I imported several files from SD cards into FCPX and it appeared to be successful the files were there even after I ejected and everything. Today, I come back to my project and some files say "missing camera". The weird thing is that some of the files from the same import work fine and some don't. I'm on a trip running low on camera card space so I just deleted the files after the import since it hasn't been a problem up until now. This means a reimport is off the table. What can I do here? Why did only some files appear to no import correctly?

I also imported some videos from my iPhone. Again, some clips say "missing camera" while others work perfectly fine. On my iPhone I did NOT delete the original files so I'd hope reconnecting the iPhone would fix the problem. It does not . (I can reupload these if I need to but fingers crossed the SD card files are still somewhere since this problem is on both separate imports)

I tried restoring my library from an automatic backup but every back up says "missing file" for everything (except the missing camera files... those still say "missing camera"

PS I'm pretty new to editing and the software so i'm still learning all the tricks. New trick: don't delete files
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 06:01 #95673

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This sounds like you may have shut down fcpx before it had completed importing the files from the sd card. Sadly, if you deleted the files from the card then there will be no way to get them back. When importing, fcpx copies them to the library and the progress is shown by clicking the background tasks button in the upper left of the app. In the browser you see a cirle at the lower left of each clip that fills solid when it has completely imported. Fcpx may have been closed before these tasks completed creating incomplete files. This is probably why some of them exist and work while others are referred to as “missing”.
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 06:04 #95674

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Ok Thank you dgwvideo! So even when Final cut prompts you to eject a card after an import, it doesn't mean the import has necessarily finished 100%?
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 10:12 #95675

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dgwvideo wrote:
… if you deleted the files from the card then there will be no way to get them back. …

hmm, well, actually… ;)
www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

… saved my a** twice; it is a free recovery tool, Terminal controlled (= makes non-Geeks like me sweaty hands), and it does some marvel… in one case, it recovered, unintentional, even clips from a card which was five times (!) 'formatted'… I was … impressed.-
(I learned, formatting erases totally… my Lumix obviously not)

But nothing to try when 'on a trip' as the OP told us. You get a folder with hundreds of files, and you have to find out yourself which is which… (all meta are gone, even timestamp). Needs hours to dig thru this pile of data.

Only useful for those once-in-a-lifetime-shots (bride's "Yes", Elvis in that flyby Ufo, etc)
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 11:46 #95676

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I actually did use photorec to get the videos back! But they are all just black with static. Did you run into this when you recovered your files?
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 14:57 #95679

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I guess I don't ever recall FCPX prompting me to eject a card, but I always leave the app running until all background tasks associated with importing are completed.
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 15:04 #95680

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Some cards it prompts me, some cards it doesn't, it's not consistent.
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 16:24 #95681

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Hi Max
Welcome to the forums
Just to expand on what dg says…
FCPX allows you to edit on clips even before the files are fully imported. This may give you a false sense of the files being finished importing. In addition to this, the actual importing process is a background process that gets interrupted whenever you do anything inside of FCPX. Background tasks will only resume after about 5 seconds of no activity happening inside FCPX. Theoretically, you could edit all day and then quit or shut down only to find out later that the files never finished importing. As dg says, check that the background tasks are finished, you can open the window to see details.
Karsten's suggestion to use a data recovery app may be your only option if you deleted or reformatted your card files. Make sure to copy any new files before running the data recovery app. When you delete or reformat camera cards, the camera just writes a new "empty" database index and allows the camera to "write" new files over the old, but typically does not erase the actual data (video/audio files) so recovery programs just reads the whole card. You may have some additional work cleaning up the files and you may not recover all clips.

I also have never been prompted about ejecting a card in FCPX, so that is new to me.

Good Luck and don't forget to make some back-ups, at least 2 (or more). Drives WILL fail!

Hope this Helps, Greg
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 16:41 #95682

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For anyone curious, heres the prompt I get. It appears to be an OSX feature and not a FCP feature... Either way it only appears when all background tasks are completed. I never eject the card before I get this prompt. It must have been a bug with the software or something. Hopefully my recovery goes ok and I can get my footage back. Hopefully it never happens again! I don't think it was user error but as I said i'm relatively new to the scene so it's entirely possible.
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Final Cut Pro "Missing Camera" files - All backups empty 26 May 2018 16:53 #95683

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OKAY NOW HERES THE REAL HEAD SCRATCHER FOLKS

I went to one of the files from the faulty import that actually worked and right clicked and hit "reveal in finder" so I could look at the full library. And there they are! (most of) my clips that say "no camera" are right there in finder. Granted, I'm still missing about 20 files which happens to include some of my best shots (of course) but at least I have most of my footage back.

Do I just need to relink the files? or does that only apply to the "missing file" error.

Thanks for the help everyone
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