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Joe Barta IV
FCP 7 Subclipping
on Oct 26, 2011 at 7:07:25 pm

I have an 90 minute interview recorded on AVCCAM from the Panasonic AF-100. I bring it in to FCP via Log and Transfer. In the Viewer, I mark in and out points for each question and answer then select Make Subclip which is added to the Browser. I want to use Media Manager to to create ProRes files of each subclip.

Problem; when I do a batch of these subclipped files Media Manager combines several clips into one. How do I prevent this merging of clips and have FCP make one file for each sublip? Note, the time between some of these clips is only a few frames. Also, sometimes the timecode of different clips overlaps. There must be an efficient way to chop up an interview and maintain it's original timecode.

Please advise. All input is much appreciated.


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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 Subclipping
on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:27:01 am

hi Joe.

as you;ve discovered Media MAnager will re-join many of your clips into single files.
it is trying to be as efficient with it's media as possible.

my experience is that you need TWO frames missing between adjacent clips for MM to split them up.
when it done is actually gives you ONE frame back, weirdly enough.

if you have overlapping subclips, then you have two options.

one is to not use the Media Manager, but to BATCH EXPORT your subclips.
this will keep your reel# and TC, but loose and logging, or markers you have added.

if you need your logging and markers, then do this:

in the browser , sort your clips by reel# and Media Start.
drag them into a new sequence
in the sequence, select every SECOND CLIP, and drag them all up to V2,
so you have a checkerboard of clips V1, v2, V1, v2, etec.

now select all the V1 clips, and Media Manage them.
then select all the V2 clips and Media Manage THEM.


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Joe Barta IV
Re: FCP 7 Subclipping
on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:01:43 pm

Thanks, I didn't know you could Batch Export Subclips. I guess I should have tried to see what would happen. But that little tip just made my next year so much easier. Thanks again!

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