Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to Al Hatch)
Well, it's true. There is no way to preserve the names of clips, if you use a camera that creates clips as XML files (P2, some Sony, etc.). Final Cut X will import those files, but it renames the files against your will. Compressor will not import those files at all. This is a serious flaw, so I have submitted a bug/feature report to Apple.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2012 4:49 AM (in response to Al Hatch)
Unfortunately currently there aren't many options when importing from tape. Not sure this will bring you comfort but what I normally do is import the tape, then close FCPX, open Adobe Bridge, batch rename the captured, then import them back into FCPX. Long workaround, but for me it's been working just fine.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2012 5:41 PM (in response to BenB)
Specifically standard P2 cards from a Panasonic HVX camera. Final Cut X does not read the XML data properly, so it has no way of knowing the name of the file. You would think that Apple would simply get the file name from Finder. (The Finder knows the name!) An Apple Certified FCX trainer tells me that either Panasonic or Apple needs to write a driver to correct this for a number of cameras, not just P2 cameras.
Until they do that, FCX is useless for file import. I need to have Final Cut Pro 7 do the import, then manually move the files into the folder Final Cut Events for FCX to use them properly.
(This has nothing to do with tape. We haven't used tape for 3 years.)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2012 9:51 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
I stand corrected - partially. (Thanks for pointing out the tab info.)
You are right that Final Cut is not discarding the filename. But you need to select the new, convoluted "date-time" name, go to the Info Inspector window, then select the tab for Info, then go to the bottom of that window, then select Extended View from the popup and then scroll to the bottom of that window -- all to see what Final Cut X calls the "Original Name". Really?
From the gear popup at the bottom of the Info Inspector window, you can select Apply Custom Name->Original Name from Camera. But there are two problems with this: First, why make me do this every time I import video clips?
Second, after you rename the clips to what they should have been in the first place, go to Finder and look at the list of files you just imported. What do you see? "Original Name"? Nope.
So the design flaw prevails: FCX renames every file without your permission or giving you an option.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 10:04 AM (in response to Al Hatch)
I felt the same way - I wanted the finder level files to have the same name as the clip in FCP X. Though using ait more and understanding how data now in the future will be leveraged I think what FCP X is smarter; that there's a unique identifier with timestamp to make it truly unique. We'll be managing and leveraging more metadata across video and non video applications in the very near future. I deal with databases a lot and I'd hat to have the chance of the same name.
This (http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/344/12133#13068) article helped me a little. Hopefully it'll be useful to you. I at least wish I could see the orginal name in the columns for each clip.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 7, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to Al Hatch)
If I want my video file names to be unchanged (e.g. I use D800, D600 and 5DIII), I directly copy the video files to the "Original Media" folder inside the "Final Cut Event" folder.
Once you restart FCPX, the files should be recognized by the program using the original name.
Not an elegant way but still workable.
Hope this helps and hope Apple can make some small changes on this.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to Nathan_W)
Come on Nathan. You know it depends on the device. You have to talk about specific devices. FCP has always renamed AVCHD media. FCP has always named DV and HDV media. Are you talking about Canon DSLRs?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 20, 2013 5:04 PM (in response to Al Hatch)
I'm a little late on the discussion here but have a suggestion on the back of a bug I believe I've noted in the current version.
Recently I noted that half of my media files were renamed, and half were not.
I imported directly from my DSLR, and left the terrible naming convention alone.
But later when looking at original media, I noted the files were renamed into date/time (id).mov format.
I tried to resolve the inconsistency by using the "Batch Rename" function in Final Cut Pro is key here.
On the face of it, it works as brilliantly as the similar feature of Aperture.
The renaming also includes the ability to use Reels and Scenes. Very handy.
But unfortunately this did not rename my orginal files. A bug?
I believe the solution here is for Batch Rename to include an Aperture like tick box - Rename original files.
Further to this, the metadata contains the name of the original file.
Using this (if the bug was resolved) we should be able to use the Batch Renamer to revert file names back to the original file name stored in the metadata.