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Intangible Tangibility

In FCP X, the Reimporting from Camera/Archive feature can restore missing or damaged video clips quickly and cleanly By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia

In the digital age of filmmaking we no longer rely on the tangibility of film to preserve our work during editing and post-production, but on the collected virtual sequences of binary ones and zeroes stored magnetically or optically on various flavors of digital media. The new digital workflow brings about its own issues of storage, maintenance, and long term reliability which makes it all the more essential to protect your story's data files.

Backups are an essential requirement for any digital workflow to help prevent catastrophic data loss and expensive reshoots. While we have looked at the use of Camera Archives as a tool for digital video preservation in a previous tutorial, this tutorial will look at re-importing missing or damaged clips, from a Camera Archive. Future tutorials will cover ways of backing up your video files.

When Good Data Goes Bad

Because digital video is nothing but bits on a hard drive, if you forget to properly eject the hard drive that holds your video, or experience a power outage, there is a chance that the video files could become corrupt. If a video file referenced by an Event is missing, deleted, or damaged then Final Cut Pro will display warnings in the Event Library and Browser.


Note: For the following to work you will need to have an event with video footage that is store in a Camera Archive.

You can simulate a missing video file by removing one from an Event, while in the Finder.

1 In the Event Library select an event to display available clips.


3 In the Event Browser right-click on a clips and choose Reveal in Finder, or press the Command-Shift-R keys.


This will open the Original Media folder for this Event and highlight the selected clip.

5 In the Original Media Folder, right-click on the highlighted video file and choose Move to Trash.


This will put the file in the Trash.

Note: You don't need to empty the trash at this point if you want to keep the file until it is successfully restored.

7 In the Dock, click the Final Cut Pro icon to switch back to Final Cut Pro

8 The Event Library and Event Browser should now display warning symbols that indicate Final Cut Pro no longer sees the original media file.



Note: If you don't see the warning symbols, then quit and relaunch Final Cut Pro.

Reimporting from a Camera/Archive

Now that you have simulated a missing or damaged video file you'll quickly restore it using the Reimport from Camera/Archive feature.

1 In the Event Browser, right-click on the missing clip's icon.


3 In the Menu bar choose File>Import>Reimport from Camera/Archive.


The Reimporting from Cameras/Camera Archives Dialog will appear.


5 In the Dialog click Continue.

6 The Reimport Mounting Volumes Dialog will appear.

This Dialog shows the progress for mounting the camera media or Camera Archive that contains the original video. It will disappear once the Camera Archive is mounted.

Once the Camera Archive is mounted then a progress badge will appear on the missing clip's icon indicating that the clip is begin reimported.

8 Once the clip is successfully reimported the clip icon will revert back to a thumbnail view of the clip's Poster Frame.


In Final Cut Pro X, the Reimporting from Camera/Archive feature can restore missing or damaged video clips quickly and cleanly. Another good reason to create Camera Archives from your camera media to help preserve your video.


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Diana Weynand, an Emmy nominated editor, a distinguished educator and Apple Certified Trainer, is the author of several books including the Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors and How Video Works. Diana has been on the cutting edge of technology training for two decades, and is co-owner of Rev Up Transmedia, (Formerly Weynand Training International) an Apple Authorized Training Center and mobile application developer.

James Alguire, an Apple Master Trainer, has been involved in the computer industry for over 25 years. His experience includes digital design, electronic prepress, multimedia, digital video/audio, technical support and training. He is an Apple Certified Trainer, an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator, an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist and Apple Certified Support Professional. He is a lead instructor for Rev Up Transmedia and was a contributing writer for Diana's book, Final Cut Pro X.
Related Keywords:Final Cut Pro, FCP X, Final Cut Studio, Video Editing, Nonlinear Editing, Workflow, Data Loss, Data Recovery

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