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Hannah Choe
Duplicate clips
on Jul 21, 2017 at 4:33:46 am

I have a question regarding duplicate clips.

Here’s a quick rundown: I’m migrating a feature documentary project file from FCP 7 via XML to Premiere. I know that normally it’d be ideal to have the “write XMP ID to files on import” option checked in Preferences prior to importing footage into Premiere, but to my knowledge, this does not work for XML files.

There are nearly 12,000 individual clips and 200 reels within the project file. Multiple collaborators will be working concurrently on the film. The current project file size is about 150 MB.

My concern with having multiple collaborators is that the clips will keep duplicating when sequences are exchanged from project files and/or when being round-tripped from other software. I'm fine with a few duplicates, but I'm worried that at a certain point, the project file will become too large.

A few questions:
1. Is there a proven workaround for this that works for XML imports?

2. If not, on smaller projects in the past, I’ve swapped out the clips within sequences with the clips freshly imported via Media Browser. Would I have to do a manual individual swap for each clip?

3. How much do duplicates actually bloat a project file? Does anyone have an actual estimate for much the project file increases when there are 100 or 1,000 duplicates created?

4. If I have to swap out the clips, would it be worth the time and energy to do it from the beginning or to deal with it later? My fear is that it will eventually become unmanageable and more difficult to swap out further down the road.

Any suggestions or advice would be great. Thank you!

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Duke Sweden
Re: Duplicate clips
on Jul 21, 2017 at 8:33:35 pm

OK, judging by the description of your project you are waaaay beyond me, but sometimes, out of the mouths of morons come pearls of wisdom. If I am not mistaken, once you import a clip into a project, every time it's used it's the same as an "instance" in Flash, in that you can use the clip a thousand times and it doesn't add more than a few bytes to the size of a project.

Am I right, fellas? Is that the information you were looking for?

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