Last week, I headed over to Apple’s website to see what I could learn. Here are the results, written in Question/Answer format.
Q. Is there any scenario where FCP X will actually delete an Event or Project, rather than just move it to the Trash?
A. This depends upon the version of Final Cut Pro X. In 10.0.x, Events and Projects were distinct entities. When you selected an Event in the Event Browser, or a Project in the Project Library, and chose File > Move to Trash, the folder that contained that Event or Project would be moved to the Trash.
This behavior changed with the 10.1 update. Now, if you delete a Project or Event from within Final Cut, the selected object does not go into the trash. Instead, it is deleted from the Library inside FCP X and the Library bundle stored on your hard disk. You can recover a deleted Event or Project using the Undo command. (This is analogous to deleting text in a word processing document. The text is removed from the document, but doesn’t appear in the Trash.)
If you delete an Event or Project at the Finder level or from inside the Library bundle (which I do NOT recommend), then, yes, it will be in the trash.
Deleting media, though, is different from deleting Events and Projects. If you are inside Final Cut and delete a clip that is used elsewhere — in another Library or by another user with shared storage — then the media itself is not deleted. The clip is deleted from the Browser and the Event, but the media itself remains on the hard disk. This is because Final Cut has the media flagged that someone else or some other library is using it. This means you don’t get a dialog asking if you want to move the media to the trash because the media remains in place on the hard disk.
However, if the selected clip is not used anywhere else then, when you delete that clip, the system will ask you if you want to move the media file to the trash. If you deleted the wrong file, you can retrieve it from the trash later.
NOTE: This is another good reason not to delete media outside of Final Cut. You lose the protection FCP provides to prevent deleting media that is used in multiple projects or libraries.
Q. What is the best method for backing up FCP libraries that reference external media. Should File > Duplicate Project be used in this case? And does it keep media external or build it back into a library?
A. File > Duplicate Project will not back up the media by itself. You need to duplicate the library and then consolidate the media to the archival storage location.
Use File > Consolidate Files and pick the location to copy the media. You can also copy the media into the library bundle, but I recommend letting FCP handle media management in this case.
Q. In my editing, I notice an audio level shift when playing across two Timeline clips. The meters remain constant, but the audio levels on the second clip drop what feels like 4-6 dB. Exports seem to be OK, though.
A. This can occur when clips have a mismatch between the type of audio on the clip and the way it is being mixed down in the timeline. The next time it happens select the two clips and look in the Audio section of the Inspector at the type of audio on the two clips — stereo, surround or mono. It is best if all clips match. Also, check the panning of each clip and the project settings for a mismatch.
Q. I’m getting LOTS of questions on why the horizontal scroll bars appear/disappear. Are they suppressed when a trackpad is attached?
A. This is a Mavericks setting. The KnowledgeBase article is here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ph13803.
Q. I’m hearing audible pops in multicam clips when switching camera angles, but not switching audio. These intermittent pops would also appear in the waveform of the exported project.
A. This was a known problem in 10.0.x that should be fixed in the 10.1 update.
If you have questions about Final Cut Pro X that you just can’t find answers to, feel free to contact me via my on-line Support page.
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