5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2013 1:52 PM by Michael Grenadier
Albeer Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

Whenever I go to import P2 media using the Log and Transfer mode in Final Cut Pro 7, I'm getting these mystery clips labled "Clip #1, Clip #2.. all they way up to Clip #344 and it indicates they reside on my external media drive.  Most of the clips have no related media, that is, nothing appears in the thumbnail or name block-- its just black.  Now, there are a few that do have thumbnails representing video clips but when try to view any related media, nothing shows.  It seems they could be from a non-P2 import from a long time ago, yet the media no longer exists. I can click on one of the clips and eject, which makes them all disappear, but I also get the message "This volume cannot be unmounted because it is being used for importing."  Which is strange as I never import from this volume.  Rather, I either import from an internal drive or from a network drive.


If I do a Find (command + F) in Finder and type in Clip #1, it cannot find anything on the external media drive or anywhere else.  I'm wondering if it has something to do with some legacy Prefs but I've dumped those and restarted and still get these mystery clips.  And this is EVERY time I go to Log and Transfer.  I can exit Log and Transfer and, in the same session, go back and there are those mystery clips! Again. 


Anybody have any ideas?  Thanks!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 1 TB Drive, 6 GB Memory
  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,340 points)

    First, are you copying the card contents to a local hard drive?  If not, try that and make sure you maintain the precise folder structure of the original card.  It's been a while since I've dealt with p2 material but with avchd material I name the containing folder with a unique identifier which becomes the reel name associated with the clips in fcp.


    The only other thing I could suggest is resetting your fcp preferences



  • Albeer Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Maybe I wasn't clear:  I have no trouble loading or viewing my P2 card media (which is already off-loaded onto an archive drive and then transcoded-- via Log and Transfer-- to my media drive.)  Its that every time I open Log and Transfer, these mystery clips appear.  If I eject them, I get the error message mentioned.  If I don't, I can still load my P2 media and the mystery clips are listed below the actual P2 media I am looking to use.


    And I have dumped my prefs repeatedly and still the mystery clips survive.


    I think my issue resides in the Log and Transfer Import Preferences.  If I could only clean those up, as I see one of my options is MPEG2 Consumer Cameras (??), maybe that would help.



  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,340 points)

    Did you use preference manager to delete preferences?  Might have missed a file if you didn't.


    Try creating a new user account and see if the problem goes away.  (system preferences:  accounts).

  • Albeer Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Yes, I used Preference Manager and no change.


    Yes, I tried a new user account and still see mystery clips.


    It must be embedded into FCP 7.  Thanks.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,340 points)

    the only thing I can suggest is that you find the fcp application, control click on it and choose "open package contents."  Every once in a while, some mystery files get stuck there.  Do some exploring there and see if there's anything that might be causing the problem.