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Question: How can I link xml file to new clips

I have a short timeline of 4 minutes with about 25 clips. I had copied the SD files from the chip to a hard drive and I thought I imported the files from there when creating the project. All went fine in editing until I tried to export to Compressor and it was grayed out. The files showed up as missing, with a camera icon, showing that FCP wanted camera files. I tried linking, re-linking, etc. but nothing worked. So I exported an XML file. Then I dumped all the clips from the project and re-imported .mov clips from the hard drive. These are all the same clips that were in the project originally.

So... can I somehow bring back the XML file and then use the NEW, correct clips that are in the project? I can't seem to figure out how.

The timeline xml should know the clips it needs, and now, they DO reside in the project. Am I just screwed and have to start from scratch?

Thx.


MacPro - 32 gig - High Sierra 10.13.3 - FCP X 10.4

Mac Pro, OS X El Capitan (10.11), 64 gig ram. Thunderbolt raids

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Mar 13, 2018 8:57 AM in response to Rick Morton1 In response to Rick Morton1

The Reimport from Camera/Archive would be the right way, like Tom said.

If that is not possible, and you have the clips, you *may* be able to get away with editing the XML file, so that it references the clips you do have, and reimporting it.

**** I have not tried this and I can offer no guarantee that it works. ****


In the XML, there are tags with src="file:///Users/..." that point to where FCP X expects the media files to be.

I expect that if you edit this in a plain text editor so that they point to where the files actually are, there is a chance that upon importing the xml it will work.


Disclaimer: never tried it, although I have in the past done some tricks with the xml with good results.

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Mar 13, 2018 8:57 AM in response to Rick Morton1 In response to Rick Morton1

The Reimport from Camera/Archive would be the right way, like Tom said.

If that is not possible, and you have the clips, you *may* be able to get away with editing the XML file, so that it references the clips you do have, and reimporting it.

**** I have not tried this and I can offer no guarantee that it works. ****


In the XML, there are tags with src="file:///Users/..." that point to where FCP X expects the media files to be.

I expect that if you edit this in a plain text editor so that they point to where the files actually are, there is a chance that upon importing the xml it will work.


Disclaimer: never tried it, although I have in the past done some tricks with the xml with good results.

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Mar 13, 2018 8:58 AM in response to Luis Sequeira1 In response to Luis Sequeira1

Thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up re-editing the whole thing from scratch. I just could not find a way to re-link the clips now in the browser to the original timeline edit. No big deal. It was a short piece. Live and learn.

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