Log and Transfer
by Romeo Rubio on Nov 11, 2011 at 9:16:13 pm
Other than being able to watch all the footage for the first time and adding log details and descriptions, does FCP's Log and Transfer have any other importance? I know you can pick certain clips and not bring in stuff you definitely don't need to save drive space. But I really would just like to have whole videos transfered/encoded anyways. So I've just been doing batch encodes with MPEG Streamclip, bringing the resulting files into FCP, and reviewing everything at that point. So again, does Log and Transfer have any important aspect that I am missing out on?
Re: Log and Transfer by Shane Ross on Nov 12, 2011 at 2:54:24 am
Ability to BATCH CAPTURE and rebuild your cut if your media drive died and you needed to recapture. Just batch capture and your media is all there, and the cut is back online. Use MPEG STREAMCLIP, and you'll need to reconnect...which might not work because you are missing vital information like REEL NUMBER and TIMECODE...as Chris mentions.
Re: Log and Transfer by Romeo Rubio on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:15:34 am
So let's say I did use log and transfer, then started working on the project. Then the scratch drive fails. To rebuild everything, I simply open up the FCP project file, FCP will say files are missing (since the original scratch drive failed), ignore this and go into log and transfer, and transfer everything from the original media from the hdd or card. Once finished everything will be rebuilt, correct?
The reel number set in the log and transfer process is arbitrary, right? It's something for my organizational purposes. So when I'm gonna rebuild a cut because of a failed scratch drive, do I have to put in the same exact reel number from the first time I did the log and transfer to have it work perfectly?
As for the timecode information, that stuff is in the metadata of the original media. So this is really what helps FCP rebuild everything properly.
So with a MPEG Streamclip workflow, Final Cut only has file names to work with when rebuilding/reconnecting so there could be some mess ups since files may have the same name.
Re: Log and Transfer by Shane Ross on Nov 15, 2011 at 2:10:13 pm
If your media drive fails, you open the FCP project, select the clips in the Browser, make sure the drive with the camera originals is connected, and then choose BATCH CAPTURE. FCP will reimport and rebuild the cut.
[Romeo Rubio]"The reel number set in the log and transfer process is arbitrary, right?"
No. FCP assigns the name of the folder you backed up the tapeless files in as the reel number. THis is why it is important to give those folders unique identifiers. HAve you seen my tapeless workflow tutorial? Tapeless Workflow for FCP 7 Tutorial
[Romeo Rubio]"So with a MPEG Streamclip workflow, Final Cut only has file names to work with when rebuilding/reconnecting so there could be some mess ups since files may have the same name."