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Re: Back to Premiere. sigh.

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Joe Marler
Re: Back to Premiere. sigh.
on May 2, 2020 at 11:08:31 am

[Jeremy Garchow] "All I want for quarantine is better format relinking in fcpx."

Relinking in FCPX is both superb and terrible. Relink of regular media files on a single drive volume is superb - in fact it's fully automatic.

You could have 1,000 "in place" media files scattered across a huge RAID array, shut down FCPX, rename each file, move each file to a different location on that drive, then inside the library *delete* the symlinks to each of those files, then upon re-launch FCPX will automatically relink all the files and rebuild the symlinks. This is because the library not only stores the path but also the inode of each media file and uses that as a fall-back locator. Is there any other NLE that does this?

By contrast relink of proxies is terrible - in fact it does not exist.

In between those two extremes are other cases where FCPX relink doesn't work that well. E.g, if the media files are renamed after import *and* they are moved to another drive. Since inodes are only unique within a volume, it can't use that method. There are cases where relink requires doing one file at a time.

Obviously one answer is "just don't ever rename the files" after import, but there are reasons why this is done.

How does Premiere handle this? Say you commit a lot of work to a project, then transfer the data set to a NAS and as part of that move the media files are renamed. Can it batch relink the entire data set? When I formerly used Premiere it would not do that.

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