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Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 2, 2013 2:55 PM

If I am importing stills already in Aperture, or music already in Itunes, or video which was already imported into Aperture, or just resides on my hard drive, is it necessary to copy the files to Final Cut so that I end up with double files on my hard drive? 

 

What does "Import folders as keyword collections" do for me?

 

Am I right in assuming that creating optomized and proxy media will make Final Cut run smoother?  These are my settings:

 

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iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 1:26 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    It isn't necessary to copy files which you already have on your hard drive. However, compressed audio formats like AAC and mp3 are not ideal and some people say they should be converted to .aif, but if they are not causing you any problems you can forget about it.

     

    Optimize Media may help FCP X run smoother and is said to retain better colour during complex colour-correction, but there are no hard and fast rules, so you should use whichever method works best for you after you have tested them.

     

    Remember that video, like most other things, is very subjective and colours that I (and most normal mortals) consider perfect would probably have a colourist reeling with disgust.

     

    You only need Proxy Media as a last resort if your computer cannot cope with your projects. Most people with a modern Mac will never require it unless they are doing very complex projects.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 1:09 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Yes, theoretically optimizing (Converting to ProRes 422) can give better results but in practice many people will not notice any difference.

     

    Optimized converts your files to huge ones (50GB per hour) but they play smoothly on the computer as they are less processor intensive. Once edited they have to be converted back to H.264 or whatever codec your output demands.

     

    Proxy media produces much smaller files as it degrades the image by making the dimensions much smaller  .  .  .  .  something akin to converting your hi-def to standard def.  This makes it easier for your computer to handle if it is low powered and/or your projects have multiple tracks and other complexities.

     

    Once again, this has to be converted back to a normal codec after editing.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 1:41 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    Ian R. Brown wrote:

    …  Proxy media…  has to be converted back to a normal codec after editing.

    hmmm, not exactly

     

    Proxies are 'references' only - on export, you switch back FCPX to 'high quality', and it render from the original files straight to exported format. The Proxies just tell 'use this, do that', but the video of it is not used, nor converted.

     

    <wise guy mode OFF >

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 1:45 AM (in response to Karsten Schlüter)

    I bow to your greater knowledge, Karsten.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 2:21 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    For a start it will add time to the project by introducing possibly unnecessary processing.

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