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Gareth Randall
Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 19, 2011 at 6:28:37 pm

I'm trying to archive a bunch of old projects by consolidating their sequences and deleting all the unused media to save on storage space. For some reason, though, FCP 7 isn't actually letting me delete the unused media, even though I've got "Delete unused media from selected sequence" switched on in Media Manager.

Typical example - I'm working in DV and I captured a total of 2.8 GB of rushes. The final edited sequence is 1'30" long. That's about 326 MB of DV. I select the sequence in the Browser, right-click and choose Media Manager, and then no matter what options I select, the Original and Modified project sizes are 2.8 GB.

With the "Delete unused media..." option checked, I'm expecting the Modified project size to read <400 MB because it will only copy the media actually used in the sequence, plus handles and music tracks etc. What's the problem? Am I misinterpreting how consolidation works?



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Shane Ross
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 19, 2011 at 6:53:52 pm

Does all the footage have a REEL number?

Shane

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Gareth Randall
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 19, 2011 at 6:53:31 pm

Yep, everything has a reel number. But would it really make a difference to the consolidation process if it didn't, given that I'm trying to copy the used media to a new project and delete all the unused stuff? I could understand lack of reel numbers being an issue if you're planning to delete all the media with the intention of recapturing at a future date if necessary.



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Shane Ross
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 19, 2011 at 6:59:54 pm

Well, FCP's media manager doesn't do well with media when it lacks a REEL number. It is just one of the required things FCP needs. Name, timecode, reel number.

Try trashing prefs and consolidate again?

Shane

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joao paulo
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 25, 2011 at 8:51:47 pm

Same here. Checked reel name, trashed preferences, restarted resetting RAM, created a new project, duplicated the original media and tried to consolidated through the new files: none of these worked.

Any other ideas?


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joao paulo
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on May 25, 2011 at 11:17:28 pm

Is the presence of .wav files somehow an issue?


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Chris Mallett
Re: Trying to consolidate a sequence - why won't FCP delete unused media?
on Jul 21, 2011 at 9:57:35 am

Select the sequence, in the modify menu select 'Make Sequence Clips Independent' then try media manager. This worked for me. (FCP v7.3)


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