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Reconnect Clips

You can reconnect clips at any time during your editing process. Doing so establishes a relationship between the clip in the Browser and the project file located on your drive. The file path of a connected clip is stored in the clip’s Source property.

In addition to the usual reconnecting of clips after you modify, move, or delete media files in the Finder, you may also find it useful to reconnect media files when you switch between resolutions. Throughout the previews of Intolerable Cruelty, Joel and Ethan Cohen’s assistants reconnected clips between low and high resolutions. During the post-production of Cold Mountain, the assistant editors reconnected clips from the low-resolution media they used while they were editing on laptops to the higher-resolution media they used when they were editing on the main editing systems.

  1. Select the elements you want to reconnect.
  2. Choose File > Reconnect Media.

    The Reconnect Files dialog appears.

    Final Cut Pro automatically searches for the first clip to reconnect. A clip that is ready for connection is highlighted in the Files To Connect list.

  3. Click Skip File if you want to remove the currently highlighted clip while continuing to reconnect other clips in the list.
  4. Choose a path from the Search Folders pop-up menu, then select the Single Search Location option. This limits where Final Cut Pro searches for media files, and it streamlines the reconnection process.

    If you need to widen your search, deselect the Single Search Location option so that all folders in the Search Folders pop-up menu are searched. Final Cut Pro will search through every folder on every connected volume.

  5. Click Search, and Final Cut Pro will search files automatically. Once a match for a file is found, the Reconnect dialog appears. If a match is not found, click the Locate button and manually navigate to the location of the media file.

    You have several options to help you find your clip:

    • Show pop-up menu— To limit the kind of files Final Cut Pro will search, you can specify Video Files, Sound Files, or Still Image Files.

    • Matched Name Only— Leave this option checked, and Final Cut Pro will restrict the search to the file whose name matches the filename in the clip’s Source property. If you need to reconnect to a media file whose name differs, deselect this check box.

    • Search— Shows the path of the file. If more than one match is found, you can use this pop-up menu to choose which file you want. This is especially useful if you have low-resolution and high-resolution files available.

    • Reconnect All Files in Relative Path— Select this check box, and Final Cut Pro will automatically reconnect all remaining clips whose files are located in this folder. This is especially useful when you are reconnecting a lot of clips; it will speed up the reconnection process considerably.

  6. Click Choose to add the correct file to the Files Located area in the Reconnect Files dialog.

    If any attributes of the selected file do not match the clip you’re reconnecting, the File Attribute Mismatch dialog appears. This dialog is a useful guide listing the mismatched attributes.

  7. Click Try Again to search for another file to connect, or click Continue to reconnect the file to the current clip, even though attributes may not match.

    Any clips connected with mismatched attributes will appear in italics in the Files Located area, and a total number of clip–media file mismatches will be displayed next to Amount With Conflicts.

    All located media files appear in a list in the Files Located area of the Reconnect Files dialog.

  8. Click Connect, and all files located in the Files Located area will connect to their media files.
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