Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Copying files vs. leaving files in place, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Organizing Assets (2015).
- As mentioned in a previous movie, we can import our clips into Final Cut Pro X in one of two ways, by leaving a file in place, or copying a file through the system. In this movie we'll perform both of those types of import and explore what happens in Final Cut Pro in the background, and within our library container. So this is where we've left off in the last movie. I have pressed File Import to start to import some footage into an event we created earlier. That event is called FOOTAGE.
And I'm right now in this Interview folder, and this comes with the material that was given with you for this course. And you can also just follow along with your own stuff. So I have a series of Interview Clips here, and I wanna bring them in Final Cut, and I would like to leave these interview clips in place meaning I'm not gonna copy or makes duplicates into the library. If I target the Interview folder, one great thing is I can import it from the folder level and all of the clips inside that folder will come in. Now if I leave the default options as is, a few other things are gonna happen.
One is that the folders themselves will be turned into a Keyword collection. The other thing is it sets it Copy to Library. And I'm gonna keep this as is so I'm gonna copy these clips to the library just to show you what happens in the background in Final Cut. Now the minute that I press Import, keep in mind it's going to my FOOTAGE event, I'm copying these files to the library, and I'm also creating folders, I'm changing them into Keyword collections. The minute I press Import Selected, this import window is gonna close.
So I'm gonna hit Import Selected, all of a sudden that window closes and my footage is in my project. Now it's still getting calculated, if I click on this little scroll wheel right here, this is called the Background Task Manager, and it shows you that Importing Media copy process that was taking place, but it was so quick it's already finished. If you need to just simply click on this wheel and you can see the background process of all of those clips being copied into the Library location. If I take a look at my FOOTAGE event, I'll hit the discloser triangle to do so, I have a few things that have been brought in.
One is that Interview Keyword collection, which was the folder that existed on my system. The other is another Keyword collection based on some tags I placed on these interview clips. We went through some tagging in an earlier exercise with some of those Yoga Flow video that we had. So you can see here that we've done one type of import where we've copied our material into the library. Let's do one other. So I'm gonna target that FOOTAGE event one more time and go to File, Import, Media or cmd + I.
The Media Import window will open. I've already imported my Interview clips but this time I wanna import a few other things. I want to import my Motion Graphics. I'm gonna cmd + click to import my Stills. Let's also bring in the Stock Music and the Yoga Footage which contains several other folders within it. So I've just cmd + clicked to select that type of footage right there. We can see here everything there, and let us press here Import Selected, but before we do we wanna change the files from Copy to Library to Leaving files in place, to leave these files in there current location where a database file will be created.
If I choose Import Selected, these files will be brought in to Final Cut Pro. So now you see all of these files being brought into Final Cut. So I've got my FOOTAGE event, and a ton of Keyword collections, becasue I took the time to organize my footage into folders as well as create tags to identify certain clips. Here's a tag for Pigeon pose that was created earlier on one of the clips that we brought in.
Remember that tag that we added for the splits on one of the clips? It's in this Keyword collection. But my project is nice and organized in that event. On top of that, there's a bunch of Smart Collections that were created that we went through earlier to identify these clips. Now let's just quickly see the difference between leaving a file in place as well as copying a file over to the system. So, I had two different things, I'm just gonna go to my Interview clip first which I copied over into the library. I'm gonna right-click any of these clips and choose Reveal in Finder.
It's gonna bring me, right now, into the library folder. I'll just expand this window to show you, but, there's my library, here's my footage, there's the original media with the Interview Clip self contained within it. Let me now close that window and let's compare to something that where we chose Leave files in place. That was with some of the stills that we imported. So I'll go to my Stills Keyword collection right now. Right-click one of these stills and choose Reveal in Finder.
Now this did not bring me to the library. What it does is it brings me to the folder where I imported those stills. And as you can see, this is left in place versus copied over into the library that we created. Depending on what option you picked there are two very different workflows that take place.
- Importing media
- Transcoding files
- Using keywords and Smart Collections
- Creating markers
- Working with favorites and rejects
- Understanding metadata views and applying custom fields
- Working with advanced search functions and criteria
- Exporting metadata
- Archiving and moving libraries