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Greg Cox
How to extract and save various segments from a long clip in FCPX.
on Oct 18, 2019 at 2:34:18 am

I have experience with Adobe Premiere but now am a new user with FCPX. I need some help with editing clips. I have a 30-minute video clip in the storyline, and within that clip there are 4 separate segments about 2 minutes each that I want to extract and keep for use later. I am familiar with very basic editing tools. Still, it is not clear where to save any clip that I might cut out of the storyline since there is only one video track.


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Joe Marler
Re: How to extract and save various segments from a long clip in FCPX.
on Oct 18, 2019 at 11:38:09 am

You can export a single range from the timeline by pressing the R key, dragging across the range and exporting. This can be within a clip, across clip borders, or multiple clips in a contiguous range. Both audio and video will be exported.

You can export multiple ranges from multiple clips in a single batch operation from the Event Browser by marking those with CMD+click+drag, then File>Share x clips. Example: https://larryjordan.com/articles/final-cut-pro-x-10-4-4-batch-export/

Using a free utility from frame.io you can export multiple clips from the timeline: https://www.provideocoalition.com/batch-export-clips-from-final-cut-pro-x-t...

Any clip in the timeline should normally already exist in the Event Browser. You can find those by selecting the timeline clip then doing SHIFT+F.

If the timeline was encoded externally then imported to FCPX you could blade the regions you want to save in the Event Browser, then File>New>Compound Clip.

If you want to save multiple clips from the timeline in the browser as a single clip without rendering, select those clips and do File>New>Compound Clip.

Note to change between select tool, range tool, trim tool, etc, you can just hold down the appropriate key and it will temporarily stay in that mode while you depress the key. The tool pop-up menu is in the top-left corner of the timeline: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH12532?locale=en_US

In general with FCPX it's good to first start managing material in the Event Browser, mark favorites/rejects/keyword ranges, filter what you want, and only then proceed to the timeline. You can mark and navigate between multiple clip ranges in the Browser: https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/set-multiple-ranges-in-the-br...


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Greg Cox
Re: How to extract and save various segments from a long clip in FCPX.
on Oct 19, 2019 at 1:36:44 am

Very helpful reply. I had been trying to manage material in the timeline instead of the browser. Thank you.


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Joe Marler
Re: How to extract and save various segments from a long clip in FCPX.
on Oct 19, 2019 at 2:52:18 pm

See below:

Ripple Training Warp Speed Organizing:





Frame.io article on organizing media in FCPX: https://blog.frame.io/2018/01/31/fcpx-metadata/

One Smart Collection to Rule Them All:





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