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frank Raposo
FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 7, 2010 at 6:46:57 am

I tried opening a project yesterday and I keep getting a message from FCP telling me that it's missing files then a second screen pops up asking me if I want to search or cancel. I hit cancel and it asks for another file and so on and so forth. It keeps asking for so many files that I just give up. I was away from work for a week and other editors worked on a different project while I was away and everyone at work swears they didn't delete anything. But even if they did, if a file is missing or has been moved, I'll get the usual screen telling me media is offline and if I want to search for it. Even if I hit cancel, FCP opens the project with the media unlinked. What I'm getting is different.

The project I'm working on started in Avid and was brought over to FCP using Automatic Duck. FCP keeps searching for MXF files. I've used Spotlight to look for the files with no luck and I don't know what to do. We were going to lock picture and now this. My only option is to re-export another AAF from Avid but then I'll lose all the work I've done for the last month. The producer is being pretty understanding but if anyone has any clue it would be greatly appreciated. I really just want the project to open because I did a lot of work replacing bad audio and I want to at least access the clean audio. Any advice would be much appreciated.

quinnmcguee


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 7, 2010 at 3:09:50 pm

Sounds like files are missing that are part of a reference movie. Did the media being referenced by said movie(s) get moved or is it on a drive not connected?

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frank Raposo
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 8, 2010 at 6:36:21 am

It's possible something was moved. Every drive that has always been connected to the compute was connected when I tried last. My gut feeling, however, is something was deleted an no one wants to confess.

We do make a lot of reference movies. Everyday the producer wants to see what we've done. So, we make reference movies to burn to DVD for him.

quinnmcguee


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 8, 2010 at 1:09:29 pm

If the files were deleted, there's no easy fix don't think... better re export from the Avid. Maybe keeping the sequence you've been working from this past month will speed the reconstruction back up...

Jerry

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frank Raposo
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 8, 2010 at 8:55:43 pm

"Maybe keeping the sequence you've been working from this past month will speed the reconstruction back up..."

Yes! I didn't think of that. That will indeed speed up the process of piecing together the film. I'll at least have the correct timecodes where I set in and outs. Thanks!

quinnmcguee


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frank Raposo
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 9, 2010 at 12:43:29 am

Is there any way to open up the project without FCP having to look for all the files? There are hundreds of mxf files that FCP is looking for. Is there any way to bypass this? I've sat here for a half hour hitting cancel for the files it's looking for.

quinnmcguee


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP keeps searching for missing files
on Nov 9, 2010 at 2:18:04 am

I don't think there is when it's looking for parts of a reference file, but when it's finally open, locate that sequence, then put it in it's own project file, so when you open it next you'll likely not have to keep hitting that cancel button. I'll bet these files are not part of the sequence. (let's hope not any way).

Jerry

Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

Current DVD:
http://store.creativecow.net/p/81/jerry_hofmanns_final_cut_system_setup

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