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Moving, copying multicam/compound clips files between FCPX libraries best practice ? 12 Nov 2018 09:24 #97652

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Hi Forum,

I'm still with FCP 10.4 running on Sierra I've may projects (Libraries from FCPX 10.2/3/4) over the stretch of time that I need to utilize old multicam & compound clips on new project. What would be the best practice for moving or copying the multi cam clips and compound clips between:
  1. Libraries
  2. Projects
  3. Events

Much appreciate for any tips or signposting for good tutorials,
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Moving, copying multicam/compound clips files between FCPX libraries best practice ? 12 Nov 2018 10:12 #97653

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Events is the answer. They are the FCP representation of the bins/folders where footage is "stored" (as well as subclips, multicam and compounds are basically subclips, although they consist of multiple other subclips). That's where you find them within their library bundles. In reality, nothing is physically "in" them, they are associated with those files on the hard drive (they also may exist on an entirely different volume). Since the event is in the library, you also copy them to the other library. To do this, FCP also needs the "parent" clips they consist of to be copied, and you are asked if you wish to include Optimized or Proxy as well.

And if you directly copy and paste them from another library's *project* (that means an edit) to the current one, you are greeted with this warning:


To simplify the understanding what a project refers to in FCP X's language: it's a shot list and doesn't contain anything. It refers to files accessed through the Event connections, which live within the Library bundle.

Now you say you need to copy between FCP versions. Do you need to update the old libraries first? I don't know, you may have to. Try it, and then you know.

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Moving, copying multicam/compound clips files between FCPX libraries best practice ? 12 Nov 2018 10:28 #97654

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Yes, you will have to update all your Libraries to the same version of FCPX in order to do this operation.

If all you want is a few Compound Clips and Multicam Clips, that's easy. I recently did this, gathering old stuff from old Libraries to repurpose in a new Library.

What I did was create an Event in my OLD Library and called it "Archived Media".
I placed a copy of each CC and Multicam I wanted to move into it.
Then I selected that Event in the old Library, went to the File menu, to "Copy Event To Library" function. The sub-menu lists all your open Libraries. Select your NEW Library, and FCPX will do all the copying necessary.
*Monitor the Background Tasks window to verify when the copy is actually done. It won't be instantaneous.

As a safety measure, when done, I select my NEW Library, go to the Inspector, verify the storage location for Media is inside the Library. Then click Consolidate for the media, just to be sure.

Then you'll have your old stuff, inside your new Library, in an Event that lets you find it easily, and copied in one operation. Because you can copy each clip over one by one, but that takes too much time and can get confusing. I've found this to be the most organized, quickest way to do this.
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Moving, copying multicam/compound clips files between FCPX libraries best practice ? 12 Nov 2018 15:30 #97662

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Thank you! both for providing the through and clear answer.

Axel, I understad the Event is the answer. Yes, I do update my old projects first.

Ben you say:
'...Then I selected that Event in the old Library, went to the File menu, to "Copy Event To Library" function. The sub-menu lists all your open Libraries. Select your NEW Library, and FCPX will do all the copying necessary.'

Does it ("Copy Event To Library") create symlinks for the media content when copying to the new library or create duplication.?
Because I want to move the libraries between locations and for this I always use external HDs with the proxy workflow in mind.
Also I need to create 'Constant' type of Event that contains CC and multicam for frequent use in multi projects such as for credits, intros and other use etc.

With the process recommended, do you think Multicam clips and CC's behaves with no issue?

Any risks in making CC out of Multicam clips then move them between libraries for new projects?
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Moving, copying multicam/compound clips files between FCPX libraries best practice ? 12 Nov 2018 23:01 #97665

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I mention the consolidate process to make sure you have media in that other Library.

If you copy the Event to a new Library on the same drive, sim links.
If you copy that new Library to another drive, all physical media will copy with it.
If you copy the Event to a new Library on a different drive, physical media is copied.
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