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Take control of FCPX libraries with Final Cut Library Manager from Arctic Whiteness

Final cut library manager

A new $6 application that we are rather excited about. Final Cut Library Manager not only lets you catalog libraries across drives, it also lets you free up space by deleting unwanted files safely.

Although the new FCPX Library style of file management from Apple is brilliant, we have to admit to not being the most tidy of editors when it comes to storing things in the right places. We also haven't got time to go through each Event and delete files we don't need any more. 

The new Final Cut Library Manager from Arctic Whiteness performs a lot of the housekeeping jobs with Libraries, performing tasks automatically without losing any media. The GUI looks very clean and logical, displaying the information about libraries with coloured bars representing the amount of each type of file. Priced at just under $6 we think it's a winner.

 

Tim Armes from Arctic Whiteness sent us some more information about the application. If the company sounds familiar, you would be right. They are the developers behind 'The Touch,' an application that added more touch gestures for editing.

Final Cut Library Manager is a great utility for running housekeeping tasks on Final Cut Pro X libraries. It'll immediately find all Spotlight-indexed libraries and display them in one window so that they can easily be sorted and searched. Libraries may be cleaned to recover gigabytes worth of space by quickly and safely removing render files, proxies and optimized media files (users can rest assured that we don't remove the optimised media if we can't find the corresponding original media files).

Another small but oh-so-very-useful feature is Open Alone which will open a library by itself in Final Cut Pro to avoid having to manually close all the other libraries first. Finally!

We've worked extremely hard to make the interface as efficient, intuitive and beautiful as possible. The free version will run unfettered and allow everything with the exception of library cleaning (yes, users get Open Alone for free...). Nevertheless to celebrate the release of this product we're offering the full version for a promotional price of just €4.99 (just under $6.00 for those outside of the Europe)!

Here's a quick summary of the features:

  • FCP libraries are automatically found using Spotlight and listed together in one window
  • Choose which drives to include
  • Sort by name, size, date or even potential space savings once cleaned
  • Open the libraries with a double click, or open them by themselves in FCP using our Open Alone feature
  • Choose to delete Render files, Proxies and Optimized Media files for one or more libraries at once
  • Rest assured – the Optimized Media files for which the corresponding Original Media files cannot be found will be conserved
  • Regain huge amounts of disk space quickly and safely!
  • Keep it running whilst using FCP to see your libraries growing

 

Arctic Whiteness are very keen to hear your feedback on the product. One suggestion we would add would be the ability to catalog Libraries so that you can see what files are on disks when they are not plugged in. This would save the dreaded 'What disk was that on' scenario.

The price of just under $6 for Final Cut Library manager is a promotion, the app will eventually sell for about $11. For the cost of a few lattes we think it's a great addition for any FCPX editor.

 

 

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

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Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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