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Incompatible files (due to removed audio) when relinking files

330 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2013 3:12 PM by Fermin Ramirez T RSS
juscjay Calculating status...
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Dec 4, 2012 9:09 AM

I recently finished editing a project referencing files from 2 drives, my external that has all the raw footage on it and the internal HD.  I understand that was my first mistake after reading a couple of these blog responses.


At first it played fine in the FCPX 10.0.6 software but now after relinking and checking the "copy to event folder" option I get an error saying "the referenced files are not compatible with event clips". 


Now I have the clips in the event browser and they are unrecognized. I am pretty sure that the clips that are not relinking are doing so because I "detached the audio" on said clips and the raw footage I'm trying to reference still has audio on it.  I say this becasue the clips where I just turned the audio down are still relinking just fine.  This is very frustrating! PLEASE HELP ME RELINK these clips!


I have hours of edits that are now showing up as BLACK clips.  Its especially frustrating as I can see the actual clips in the event folder/browser but they will not link.  How do I get these clips to relink???


Thanks in advace.




PS: I also need a workaround for relinking clips as this is not the first trouble I have had with this.  Thanks!

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • digibudII Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)

    I've seen FCPX claim that files had no audio when they clearly did and the result was similar to yours. My solution was to give up trying to relink the files and simply pull the files in new and replace the "original" footage with the "new" clips.

  • lacioffi Calculating status...

    Hey CJ



      I have this same issue, have you had anyone help you with this? I am using a few hard drives for my project and i cant figure out why I cant relink only some of the files. Have you been able to override this by copying the event files and project files together over to the new location?



    Any advice would be great, this is a huge issue.





  • lacioffi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response! I will absolutely start doing that with my audio from now on. What have you found the best way to avoid the issue of relink errors when I need to move a whole project to another hard drive, is it to simply copy all of the event folders to the new hard drive?



    It is so rough to not be able to just relink all my clips to a hard drive that has all of my original clips already on it and now seems I will have to duplicate them all when I copy over event folders, taking up so much space?


    Does this seem right?




  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,790 points)

    I had previously been under the assumption that you could access files from an external hard drive and render them or export them in Final Cut Pro X.  This is proving not to be the case unless somebody else has some insight on the issue.  *patiently waiting to be proven incorrect*


    Of course you can render, export, etc on FCP X using external drives. It is the recommended way to use the application!


    It is safer to do all the moving/duplicating of projects and events from inside FCP X, rather than using the Finder.

    Some problems like these when FCP X claims the files don't match and refuses to relink have been known to happen, and this really annoying, to say the least. But for the most part, if you stick to using FCP X for organizing, moving, etc you should be ok. Keep in mind that, depending on your settings and options, sometimes you have actual movie files in your events, sometimes just aliases to your media. And moving to a different disk does not change those into actual movs; so if you need the actual media there, you need to "Organize Event files".

  • Fermin Ramirez T Calculating status...

    had that problem today while copying a FCX project from another computer, I struggled a little; but at the end I finally made it...
    It's reather simple...
    First of all locate all your original files in the Finder.
    Then, in Final Cut X, delete all the missing videos from your event, in event browser (cmd+a & cmnd+delete) NOT THE EVENT ONLY THE VIDEOS, it will warn you something I don't remember, you just hit ok...


    Then in the event you have the funny icons "Import Files" & "Import from Camera", hit the "Import Files" logo, and import all your original files that you previouslly located in the Finder.


    Finally you select all your "missing" videos in your TIMELINE and then you go to "File", "Relink Project Files", and then "Locate All..." Now you just have to find the "Original Media" folder (normally: User/Movies/Final Cut Events/"Event Name"/Original Media) So now that you have the "Original Media" folder selected just click "Choose" and let FCX analize it and voilá! You're good to go!


    If you need screen captures let me know.


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