Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

I follow several user forums of other NLE's to keep my self educated. I recently ran across a post in an Avid Media Composer group on Facebook. As of this writing there were 53 replies to this one simple question. I am blown away that MC can't do something so simple, in a simple way. I'll present three ways to find these used clips from a specific Project in FCPX, that are faster and easier than logging in to Facebook and reading through 53 posted replies. Then you decide which workflow you'd rather deal with…
Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

I follow several user forums of other NLE's to keep my self educated. I recently ran across a post in an Avid Media Composer group on Facebook. As of this writing there were 53 replies to this one simple question. I am blown away that MC can't do something so simple, in a simple way. I'll present three ways to find these used clips from a specific Project in FCPX, that are faster and easier than logging in to Facebook and reading through 53 posted replies. Then you decide which workflow you'd rather deal with…

Here's the
original question from Facebook;
"Stuck! Is there a way to make subclips straight in to bin from cut up shots in the timeline? I feel like it's probably an EDL action but I fear that will only end in a long winded sub sequence creation - which I don't need!"


Here's the Final Cut Pro X answer to put all Used Media from a specific Timeline, into a Container, which retains the original Timecode from the source Master Clips. The last one is specific to the original question posted on Facebook, wanting a container. Yet all three achieve the same results, with different advantages to each.

Decide with one works for your specific situation best. Or use all three during your workflow for more flexibility and to save more time. The point is to spend more time being creative, and less time being a technician. As someone once said, technology should aid us to the point it becomes invisible. Not force us all to be engineers, but allow us all to be creative and expressive.


Method 1, the grand overview
1- In the View menu, be sure Show Used Media Ranges is enabled.
2- In the Browser's Film Strip view, look for all Used Media ranges (orange bars).
Alt- In the Browser's List view, Option-click the Clips heading to open the disclosure triangles of all clips at once. Look for the orange Used Media tags.

With this method we can see both used and unused media at the same time, and get a wonderful overall view of our edit at one glance.
Remember, orange bars or check marks mean Used Media.


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Method 2, searching
1- Double-click the desired Project to open it into the Timeline pane.
2- Click the magnifying glass in the Browser's search field, top right of Browser.
3- Specify to filter for only Used Media.

This method shows ONLY the used media as sub-clips in the Browser. So easy and fast to get to, no need for a Bin to keep them inside of.


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Method 3, containerization without clutter
1- Right-click an Event, create a new Smart Collection, title it "Used Media".
2- Double-click that smart collection icon, specify to filter for only Used Media.

With this method, we're not specifying Used Media for a specific Project or any other type of Timeline. Which is a good thing! Because we have ONE location to find the used clips from ANY timeline, without having to make a new collection like this for every timeline we may need to access during our post production work. Thus, double-click a Project, for example, to open it into the Timeline pane. Click on the Used Media smart collection. Done! Now you see all used media sub-clips for that specific Timeline, with access to original timecode and everything!


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