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Bryan ColvinTape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 11:31:48 pm

I want to be able to modify tape names, is this possible?




I want to be able to give a tape name like VFX001

Currently I have to render the composition, import into FCP7 and modify the tape / reel name. THEN it writes it to the file.


I'd love to be able to do this without that extra step inside FCP7

Thanks in advance to your shared knowledge!


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Dave LaRondeRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:09:54 am

It's probably best to ask this on the FCP forum. You'll get better answers.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Bryan ColvinRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:10:35 am

No I'm asking if i can do it INSIDE after effects


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Dave LaRondeRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:21:08 am

Oh. No, you can't do it.
A tape name's part of the file's metadata, and AE doesn't mess with metadata.

It just makes file names based on the name of your comp. I guess you could make your comp name the tape name if you had to.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Bryan ColvinRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:24:43 am

Gotcha, okay well thanks for the reply


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Dave LaRondeRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:41:12 am
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:42:58 am

I oughta tell you the logic behind no tape name... besides the "no messing with metadata" deal.

In AE, you can make video animation files out of items that don't have the slightest telationship to a tape, like jpegs or Illustrator and Photoshop documents. No tape. Not even a KiPro or SD card or P2 card. Just files. No single point of origin like a tape.

You can also have comps that contain video from all sorts of sources -- tapes, KiPros, SDs, P2s, doesn't matter -- which makes assigning a single tape name pretty fruitless. No single point of origin like a tape.

If you look at it that way, you may still find it frustrating but you might also see why Adobe didn't give a lot of thought to incorporating such a feature.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Bryan ColvinRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:42:53 am

I hear ya. Its just a pain when you have 300 VFX shots that all need tape names and you need them for the online conforming process to work :)


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Walter SoykaRe: Tape Name? Why can't I enter one for my composition?
by on Dec 17, 2014 at 3:29:20 pm

[Bryan Colvin] "I hear ya. Its just a pain when you have 300 VFX shots that all need tape names and you need them for the online conforming process to work :)"

This would make a good feature request [link].

You could also use QtChange [link] or QT Edit [link] to modify reel names.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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