I opened my most recent project in FCP only to be confronted with a message which said 102 render files were missing. This was a surprise as I had not thrown any away although I think I might have accidently pressed eject on an external hard drive which may have contained them but at least they had not been deleted.
I switched off and restarted and thought I could easily reconnect them by going to "reconnect media" and selecting the appropriate files. Well somehow this didn't seem to work so eventually I decided to re-render the parts of the timeline that had turned orange. Whilst this seemed to work, there is still a problem I can't seem to overcome. The thumbnail icons on each clip in the timeline are missing in quite a lot of places and instead there is that red and black icon one sees when something has gone missing, either a render file or a capture file. However there are no missing files and I can go into the folders that contain the files and open them in quicktime and other programmes and I can bring them up in a list to reconnect but when I hit the button to reconnect them the icon still remains red and black even though I think the clips themselves are reconnected. Can anyone think of a reason why the "reconnect media " command is not working as it should and why they appear as if they are missing when they are in fact not. Many Thanks
Hi Joe, Many thanks. Can I assume that there is no underlying problems when this happens. I am on my first quest to produce a Blu Ray disc and was worried I might do all of the work and then find dropouts or something where the missing icons are. As long as the missing bits are not a sign of an underlying serious problem then I guess I can live with it.
Many Thanks again. Regards BRIAN.
Hi Joe, further to my problem re missing icons I have been working at it for some hours now and eventually restored them. In frustration what I did was drag the folder containing the files that were missing to the trash and then took them back out of the trash & back into the external hard drive where they re-copied themselves back. After removing them to the trash the appropriate sections of the timeline where the clips were turned red saying the media was offline. After they re-copied themselves back to the drive I went to "reconnect media" and this time the timeline above the clips went from red to orange and the clip icons appeared. Then I rendered as usual and bob's your Uncle. So the trick was to take them completely offline by moving them somewhere else temporarily ( or even permanently like another drive) and then re-connecting them from scratch. So I solved the problem and hopefully it will work for others who have experienced this strange happening.
With KInd regards
Great tip. - Even though I fixed the problem ( my way ) yesterday I discovered this morning that the icons once again were missing so tried what you said and it has worked perfectly so far even after a re-start to check. I thought the stuff in the cache folder might have regenerated itself but it has remained empty. Not sure how cahe folder work but all seems good. Many Thanks. BRIAN.