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Marc NiborRemove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:37:38 am

is there a automatic way to remove all clips from a project that are not used in any sequence?

I have started working on a scene by loading all the available raw clips that were provided to me by the guy who recorded it.
After finishing the raw cut it turns out that I am not using 90% at all.
How can I clean out all the unused material and keep it from loading, because it takes forever and seems to slow down the project?
Maybe there is something like a "select all unused items" button ; )

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Marc NiborRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:41:21 pm
Last Edited By Marc Nibor on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:44:14 pm

Ok, I just found a solution. In case anyone ever got the same problem... here it is.

- save the project and note the names of all used sequences.
- open a new blank project
- inside the project browser window rightclick and select "import"
- select the project that you want to "clean"
- at the prompt select "import selected Sequences"
- after the list of sequences is done loading select only the ones you want.

None of the unwanted/unneeded clips will be loaded. And you have a tidy and clean scene.


just in case someone asks - why not just delete the unused clips? where's the problem?

In my case there were around 1500 clips in the project and only a small fragment were used in 3 sequences. It would have taken forever to clean it out by hand : )

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Alex UdellRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:49:37 pm


I like your solution...


if you use the metadata panel to expose video and audio usage panels

you can sort by those columns in the project panel....

and then delete the ones with no value (hence unused)...


Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX

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Joe Barta IVRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 2:06:34 pm

Both are great solutions, thanks.


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James StrawnRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:33:15 pm

My preferred method is the one Alex mentioned.

I've also been known to just copy (cmd+C) everything from a sequence in one project and paste (cmd + V) it into a matching sequence within a new project. It imports the media for you and usually retains all edits and effects, but do it at your own risk of losing something... I only recommend that method when your project and edits are still pretty straightforward enough that you can verify everything is right just by watching it through a time or two.

You can also use the collect and copy or consolidate and transcode features within the project manager if you really want to optimize your project, but that seems like more than you may need in this case.

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Massimo Alberto CroceRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:14:24 pm

or, use "Remove Unused" from edit menu.

Massimo Alberto Croce
Video Editor, Colorist, Pro Tools Editor

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James StrawnRe: Remove unused Clips
by on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:20:04 pm

Oh yeah I forgot about that! haha!
Also, the icon have badges to show whether they're in use r not, so that's a way you could selectively remove some or all unused clips.

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