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Brett Sherman
FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 14, 2018 at 4:25:01 pm
Last Edited By Brett Sherman on Mar 14, 2018 at 4:30:17 pm

So this is the way I want to work. I make an edit in a FCP X Project. I may pull clips from other Library files. I want to leave the files in place until I'm finished. Then once I have a finished edit, I want to Consolidate all the files I used into the folder I've designated in the Library Storage Locations.

I thought the "Consolidate" button would do this. It doesn't. In fact, it seems to do nothing. No files are copied. Nothing happens. What is going on here. How can I get it to do what I want?

Before Consolidate:


After Consolidate:


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 15, 2018 at 10:26:17 am

Can you give exact steps, as this process should work.


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Brett Sherman
Re: FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 15, 2018 at 12:36:49 pm

Yeah it worked at one time. I don't know if it has anything to do with SMB storage. I mean it's pretty simple.

I set up a new library. Create an external media folder. Set that as the storage location for Media and Cache. Then I import new footage into that folder.

Then if I need to grab a shot from another library I open that library and copy and paste or insert a clip in my project timeline. I keep preferences at "Leave files in place" because I don't want to copy the media over at this point.

Then once I'm finished. I just simply hit the "Consolidate" button and wait for the magic to happen. It doesn't, it seems to copy a single file or something that takes about 10 seconds then stops. All the media remains where it is. Even if I change the preference to "Copy files to storage location". Which I shouldn't have to do anyways.

I've even tried exporting an XML of the timeline. Importing the XML into a new library. But no dice. Still no files get copied.

At this point are there any products that will do this outside of FCP X.

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Brett Sherman
One Man Band (If it's video related I'll do it!)
I work for an institution that probably does not want to be associated with my babblings here.


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Brett Sherman
Re: FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 15, 2018 at 12:40:05 pm
Last Edited By Brett Sherman on Mar 15, 2018 at 12:40:35 pm

Actually what I really want is a utility that will look at an XML file. Allow me to set a folder location. Then only copy files that are not on the same drive as that folder because I just want it on the same drive. It doesn't have to all be in the same folder. But I'd be happy if the Consolidate function actually worked.

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Brett Sherman
One Man Band (If it's video related I'll do it!)
I work for an institution that probably does not want to be associated with my babblings here.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 15, 2018 at 2:03:20 pm

This process works for me so I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work for you. Perhaps it is SMB, I don’t know.

Can you push media to the second library? So, create your new library, open the old library, select clips and “File > Copy to...”?

Otherwise, there’s media copy from automatic duck that will consolidate an xml.

http://www.automaticduck.com/#media-copy


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Andreas Kiel
Re: FCP X Consolidate Not Working
on Mar 15, 2018 at 8:21:09 pm

Brett,

I made a little utility which lists all AV files from any XML - project, event, lib. Drag any of those to the app window's table view or import an XML
You can select a drive and it will list the missing ones. It can do more, but there's no documentation.
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/X-Asset/XAU.dmg
It's free.

- Andreas

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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