Preparing to Log File-Based Media

During logging, you often find out just how organized you really were during the production phase. No matter how careful you were, a few things may not have been labeled properly, or some information may be missing. Take time before you begin post-production to get your clips as organized as possible.

Remember that the list below is really a production checklist. However, any inconsistencies during production should be straightened out before you start logging and transferring clips.

Choosing Reel Names for Folders of File-based Media

Its recommended that you assign reel names to your source media folders to be used by Final Cut Pro during the logging process. Older editing systems accepted three-digit reel numbers, starting at 000 and ending at 999. For maximum compatibility, this is a good naming convention to start with. Unless you have more than a thousand volumes in your project, this reel-naming convention should be sufficient.

You can use the digits of your reel name to mean different things. For example, the first digit can be used to represent a particular location, with space for 100 volumes per location. 100–199 could be used for volumes shot in Washington, D.C., while 200–299 could be used for volumes shot in Los Angeles, and so on. Pick a consistent method, and if you have to break your convention, have some numbers reserved just for this. For instance, you could reserve 900–999 for miscellaneous volumes that don’t fit your naming convention.

Note: If you plan on exporting an EDL, there are restrictions on the reel names you can use. The restrictions depend on what EDL format you’re using. For more information, see Importing and Exporting EDLs.

When logging, always make sure that you:

  • Assign your source media folders simple, unique reel names. Don’t use reel names that are too long and complicated in order to avoid having to rename folders later during post-production.

  • Take care to assign the proper reel name to each clip as you log and transfer it. If a clip is assigned the wrong reel name, Final Cut Pro asks for the wrong source folder if you try to retransfer it.