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Nick Meyers
Re: Reconnecting Media
on Aug 27, 2009 at 1:39:20 pm

broadly, there's two ways to go about it.

one way is to use the MEDIA MANAGER to make a copy of all you media to a new location.

settings would be:
COPY mode
DONT delete unused
Base Media FIe Names on: Existing File Names

you would also request a new project.
that will be connected to that new media, and all should be great.

only downside of this is that ALL the copied media winds up in one single folder.
if you're anything like me, or 99% of the editors i know,
you'll have some sort of folder structure in place for where you put your media:
captures, music, VO, graphics etc, etc.

now, for lots of reasons, i DONT want that to be completely messed up.
one really good reason, especially in your case, is that if you ever try to reconnect to the ORIGINAL media,
you'll have to go thru the same business you're going thru now.

so the other way is basically what you have done.
manually copy your media folders to a new drive.

the real trick to a seamless transition is to use exactly the same file path on the new drive as you did on the old,
INCLUDING changing the name of the drive.
if you have every thing the same except the drive name is different,
FCP will need prompting, and that could lead to problems.

FWIW re reconnect warnings:
i have gotten those sometimes on audio files, like AIFFs, for no reason i could figure out.
(maybe they were 44.1khz, and they threw FCP off?)
anyway, they always connected fine, despite the warnings.


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