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Re: transfering FCP construction back to Sony Ex3 BPAV folder

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Ian CookRe: transfering FCP construction back to Sony Ex3 BPAV folder
by on Oct 18, 2010 at 1:27:09 pm

Hi Prashant,

Craig addressed most of your questions but I thought I'd expand a bit on exporting back to the SxS card (if that's really what you need to do) as the FCP/XDCAM Transfer workflow is not as intuitive or self-explanatory as it could be when it comes to this.

You can export an MP4 from Final Cut Pro to an SxS card, but either Clip Browser 2.6 or an EX camera/deck are indeed required to properly integrate that file into the BPAV folder structure.

You do not need to manually File-->import the MP4 using Clip Browser. When you export from FCP to an SxS card the MP4 file is automatically placed in the root of CLPR. If you go to Clip Browser and refresh this source, the file is automatically registered and integrated into a BPAV structure. A new clip folder is created using Clip Browser's XDZ_ prefix (or whatever is stored as the current title prefix in the preferences) and this folder contains the MP4 and all the necessary metadata. (You can see this happening as soon as the source is refreshed if you open a Finder window on /CLPR while refreshing the source in CB.)

If you don't have access to Clip Browser you can put the SxS card back into the camera and update the media from OTHERS-->Clip-->Update-->Select A or B. After this update the file will be registered and display a thumbnail in Media Mode.

You can also export to removable drives following the above procedure. To do this there should already be a BPAV folder on the root of the drive. You can use CB to create one if necessary. When you export from FCP, select the root of the external drive. Finder will show a loose MP4 on the root of CLPR but as soon as the source is refreshed in Clip Browser or an 'Update' done from the camera/deck menu, the file will be properly registered and the BPAV updated. This the easiest method-- of course you could also simply place any 'legal' XDCAM EX MP4 file on the root of CLPR and update from there..

XDCAM Transfer 2.12 has the capability to display 'orphaned' MP4s, so the application will show a preview for loose .mp4s in CLPR (in addition to the registered ones) and the file will be import-able without the Clip Browser / Update step. This step is only required to register the file and bring it into the existing BPAV so that it's seen as a legitimate clip in the volume on the camera or in Clip Browser.

Hope this is helpful...

Best regards,


Ian Cook
Sony Broadcast and Professional Company

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