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Final Cut Pro X: Go Mobile with Proxy Footage Edits

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Learn how you can create a proxy-only version of your Final Cut Pro X that is perfect for taking on the road, uploading and sharing for collaborative projects or for use on a laptop or older Apple Mac computer. You will learn how to delete original files form a portable copy of your project and then how to reconnect them at a later stage.

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

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1. Go Mobile with Final Cut Pro X: Okay, so here in final cut pro, we're gonna have a look at how we can transport a proxy version of our edit. So we're gonna run through a few different steps here. First, we're gonna have a look at the import settings and then final cut pro. We're gonna bring in a few different clips into a new project, and then look at how we can make a copy of that project that is only using the proxy footage. Now, the advantage of this is that proxy will work well, when you're editing on a laptop or a slower computer on, and it will enable you to transport project on your own laptop or two more quickly upload and share it with other editors through sites like Dropbox. So let's go ahead and have a look at how we're gonna set this up in final cut pro. So the first thing we're gonna do is create brand new project library. So if we go to file and you library okay, we're gonna save our project library in this folder on that we have set up here and we're gonna call this proxy footage of you. We have a brand new blank project. Okay, We're gonna import some footage. I'm into this project. Now, Before we do that, I just want to run through a couple of the preferences. The import preference is that we have set up in final cut pro 10. So if you go to the final cut pro references and just have a look at the import settings that we have across here towards the right, So basically, these are important. But creating the proxy footage or create optimized media when you're bringing files into final cut pro. So this first setting. If you're managing media yourself on, do you have it stored in your own filing system? In final cut pro, you can normally leave your project files in place. Okay, now it's a good idea. Toe, copy your files to the storage library. If you're importing them often SD card, and certainly you can run into problems when you're exporting projects at later stage. If you grab far straight from an SD card off my camera without importing them or making a copy into the final cut pro Project, how you set the next settings down here will depend on your system. So if you wanted to work with optimized media, which is basically an apple Progress version off your footage on. Then you can check this box. But if you work in a slow computer, which is the purpose of this tutorial, and you wanna check this create proxy media option. Okay, Now, we can do this once we brought files in. So if you have an older project where you wanna begin to work in proxy media, you can do that at a later stage. Okay? We're going to skip over there. The keywords options here. We don't need to worry about that. And we don't need to worry about the analysis for audio or video problems in this particular example. Okay, that is the key thing. So we're gonna copy how fast the library and we're gonna trance code it onto a proxy. Former. Okay, so let's go ahead now and bring some files into our project here. So we're gonna jump to a folder on the desktop, and when we bring some files in here, we just got some quick time movie files here. They're actually in 12. 80 by 7 20 Okay, we bring files in and drag him across it. Respect those those import settings that we've set up in the preferences and final cut price. I'm gonna pull these across into this event, okay? And it's gonna copy those files now, because I had those different settings set here. It's basically going to begin toe copied those files and then transport them into that proxy. Former. So it looks like that's all done, Mrs. And relatively short clips that we have here. Okay, so, basically, now, if we come up to our viewers, we wanna check that we've got things in proxy set up, we can go to the view option here and changed a proxy on these files are all now working in the proxy format. So what the proxy format does if we right click on our library here and go to reveal in finder. Okay, we're gonna have a look inside this final cut pro project library. Okay, so we're gonna right click here and go to show package contents. This is a really useful thing toe. Familiarize yourself with As you work on more and more projects. There certainly synapse out there that will manage your libraries for you. I'm kind of hands on. Um, I like to go in there and know which files. I'm moving around on what I'm deleting. So I prefer toe do this manually. So I'm gonna click here and you'll see we've got our original media, which has been copied into this project file. We've got any render file. So if we had a project timeline, we've had a defects. We might have rendered files located in here. And then we have our trance coded media, which is the proxy media, which is an exact replica off those files, OK, except Transcoder in their lower quality version and then the original. Okay, Soto basically playback as a as a lower quality version. So when we do an edit in proxy, the quality will be a bit more pixelated of Granier. And well, basically gain because our editing flow will be a bit quicker, particularly on slower or laptop computers. Okay, so I want to do is look at how we can transport a version of this project with only their proxy or trance coated media in that project. Okay, so I'm gonna go back here, okay? So we can see this proxy footage overview project. Okay, I'm gonna jump into final cut pro and just right. Click on close this library. Okay, so we can make a kind of carbon copy of a library, and we're gonna do it in the same location here, But you could be copying to an external hard drive. Okay, so I'm gonna right click here and go to duplicate. Okay, Which is gonna make a perfect copy off that project. OK, this is how we can quickly copy projects. Okay, I'm just gonna call this proxy only, Okay, I'm gonna jump into this project. The important thing here is I'm working a copy of the project. I'm not working on the original. It's always important toe. Make sure you manage your files carefully. So we're gonna go in and show the package content on. Then we're gonna delete the original media from this project. So I'm gonna do Commander backspace or drive these files to the trash now that I'm gonna come down on empty my trash. So I've now got a project here. It's proxy only project, which is a copy of this project. Okay, so let's look at the file size of these. So the original project file is 169 megabytes on the copy. That far is only 85 megabytes. It's just around about half the size of the original project. Okay, so we're saving a lot off space there. If you want to transport its file, if you want to upload it, it's half the size for doing that. Okay? And now if we double click and open it, okay, and we can see we have our proxy footage. I'm It's still completely visible. Okay, we can edit with that. Okay, If we go back to optimize or original footage, Okay, then you can see these clips are off line. Okay? So basically, we're working now in a project where only a proxy footage is available. Okay. Now, the great thing about this is that we can edit a proxy timeline. And so if we create brand new project here, Okay, call this proxy timeline. We can travel these proxy clips down there. Okay? If we jump back to optimized and then we're gonna lose our timeline, it's not gonna sharp. It's going to say we're missing the original files. I'm we worked on this. We've made our edits. We've begun to kind of manipulate our clips and everything like that. Yet it's all good. So all we need to do once we've completed project, it's put back into place our original media. Okay, so I'm just gonna close this proxy only project. Okay, I'm gonna come back in here. So this file is still small. 85 0.6 megabytes. Okay, I'm gonna jump back into my original proxy file and just grabbed the original media. So just a straight command. See or edits on copy. Okay. And then I'll jump back up so I can see my proxy only project. I'm gonna go in and show package contents. Okay? And now we can jump into this, uh, event, okay. And a taste back in the original media that's back in place now. Okay, so if I jump back to the proxy only file can see the size has jumped back up again. And if I double click and open it up, I can now flick back between optimized and original Andi proxy. Okay, so I've regained the ability toe playback export in the original format. OK, so that's how he conflict between a proxy timeline on DSO for transportation, for uploading and sharing a project. Andi for editing with on, then pull back in our original media on This will be good now to export if we needed to in the original format. OK, I have has been helpful work with, probably for ages, a really great way to work and also becoming familiar with the way in which final cut Pro manages its libraries. The files it's making for proxy format but the proxy format for the optimized of the original format when you're importing and working with those files. OK, what this does mean is that if you're managing your your media on a separate drive or something like that, but you're rendering your proxy footage into your library and you can make a copy it off that library. Take it away. Work with our laptop, bring it back, obviously need to work with it in proxy mode, but you can bring it back on, switch it back to original optimized and the clips will instantly reconnect, so its final cut pro libraries are really portable in that way really flexible. Once you kind of understand what's inside those project files. Okay, proxy footage is also so you can clean up when you finish the project as well. So if you want to say space on a drive, you can delete from within on your final cut Pro library. Okay. Everything except for the original media. Okay. So we could delete the original media if we'd transco did optimized media as well, because we could use that for our export. But generally, proxy media, Roxy Media folder that's within the library on the render files files that you can delete knowing that as long as you've not moved any other files, you can always re create them. Okay, so they're great files toe delete. When you're archiving project how that's been useful. I look forward to seeing the next tutorial.