Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 7:52 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)
You don't need proxy files. The original media is imported into the Original Media folder. To use the original media for export you need to switch to original/optimized on the playback preferences. Do this before you export you or you will export low quality media.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 8:03 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Thanks Tom. So don't bother with optimized either?
Shocked that using proxy can mean that the outputted file will be low quality. Why doesn't FCPX just know that no one would want to output the crappy quality and do the correct thing as a matter of course? Am I missing something?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 9:55 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)
Outputting proxy is useful if you need to show someone work in progress. It exports quickly and is relatively small for uploading.
You probably don't need optimized.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 11:16 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
That makes sense. Thanks for explaining. Couple more questions, if you don't mind. If I choose to import proxy only, then does that mean that I am ONLY importing lower quality and the original quality is lost forever once I wipe the source medium, like my SD card?
Can you please give me a little more background on the point of optimized? I trust that you are right that I don't need it, but just for the record, why would I need it? Am I right in understanding that it makes bigger files than the original media which play nicer in FCPX, but only really if your system is older and requires that optimization?
Thanks Tom. Really appreciate your quick and helpful responses.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 11:27 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)
No. The original media is always imported in addition to any proxy or optimized selections.
Some formats are not suitable for production like MPEG-4 need to be optimized. AVCHD is handled differently. When working with effects or color correction intensive projects it's better to optimize. If your computer is underpowered and does not handle GOP structure compression, it's better to optimize. Some formats are natively I-frame formats or are handled natively by the application, and they cannot be optimized.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2013 11:32 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Great. Now I have my head around this whole thing. Thanks again!