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wendy andersen
getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 16, 2015 at 6:05:46 pm

Hi,
I have footage from 5 different cameras, delivered on several different drives, and in an effort to make sure nothing was overlooked, I managed to copy in a lot of the clips twice.

I can see them in the list (organised by date). So I can select every other file and delete it, but there are hundreds of them: making my library nearly double the size it should be, and I'm worried that if I don't delete them before editing - I will be stuck with them for fear of deleting the used copy.

But short of "CMD select"-"move to trash"-"are you sure?" repeat, repeat, repeat, 500 times...
Is there an easier "delete all duplicates" command, hidden somewhere...

please?


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Matt Trubac
Re: getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 17, 2015 at 2:57:08 am

Did you import everything on the same date? Hopefully no. Toward the bottom of the library there are some sort / group tools, and I believe you can group by date imported.


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Matt Trubac
Re: getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 17, 2015 at 3:01:35 am

Or maybe.. Quickly go through and assign a rating or reject the dups and then view only the assigned rating or rejects and delete them all from your event at once.


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wendy andersen
Re: getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 17, 2015 at 10:09:48 am

Hi Matt,
Thanks for your suggestions.
Unfortunately I did import them all on the same day.
The dups were all over the place, not just every other file - so not really possible to mark them all up simply (for deletion or for rating). In the end I went through and deleted all the individual duplicates - 500 of them, on both the main drive and backup!

If any one else has any suggestions I'd still be interested to hear for the future.
(Yes I am confident in my ability to repeat my mistake again)


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Nick Toth
Re: getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 17, 2015 at 1:56:19 pm

Put each import in a separate event. Make use of "show used" and "sort by unused" functions.

anickt


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Noah Kadner
Re: getting rid of duplicate files in my library
on Apr 17, 2015 at 4:46:36 pm

I would research the subject thoroughly before making a move- but consolidating your Library would be a big help here.

Noah

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