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John Rofrano
Re: Convert or compress mxf files for easier use in FCP
on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:33:54 pm
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:13:11 am

[Ross Harrison] "Anyone know why I'm unable to choose 'leave files in place'?"
Because FCP X is seeing the complete card structure and so it assumes that it is a memory card. It has no way of know that its not.
[Ross Harrison] "Curiously, when I take the 'clip' folder with the mxf files out of the original card directory, the 'leave files in place' option becomes available on FCP import"
As you have seen, if you drag the MXF files out of the Clip folder it will just see loose files on the filesystem and let you leave them in place.

I'm not sure why this is a problem. Are you saying that you work without any backups of your original media? Because most editors have some sort of camera archives as a backup and we are always working on a copy of our media and if you are not working this way, you should think long and hard about what would happen if one of your original media files got deleted or corrupt and you could not get it back!

What you really want to do is have a backup drive with your original camera media in the original folder structure and then have another drive that you work on your active project media. If one goes bad, you always have the other. You are playing with fire if you are working without any backups. This is why FCP X will not allow you to edit your original camera media and forces you to make a backup. It's just enforcing best practice.


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