Why isn’t the FCP7 Media Manager working?
Final Cut Pro’s media manager is an extremely useful tool, when it works. But often you don’t know that its not going to work properly until you need it to right at the end of a project. This helpful tip should help you figure out what’s going wrong and solve your media management problems…
Using Media Manager Correctly
At the end of a project I’ll often media manage the final sequences so that I can store them away for future re-edits or client requests. As most of my work is short form I can often store all the final project assets on a data dvd or two. Until I came across this problem:
Media Manager won’t make the managed copy smaller. The reason for this (after a bit of googling) is because the client had forgotten to add ‘Reel’ numbers to the footage and so media manager won’t work. The solution is to go back and add reel numbers but this needs to be done carefully and accurately as it actually updates the quicktime metadata in the original media files. QT Change from Video Tool Shed, will do this for you. The best workflow is to use it before you import any files into FCP.