Retransferring Clip Media

If you need to conform media for an online edit or if a clip’s media files are deleted or lost, you can retransfer (reingest) the clip’s media from the original source volume at any time.

Transferred clips store a media tracking identifier called a clip ID. Each clip contains a unique clip ID number that is dedicated to only that clip and a volume ID that identifies the clip’s volume. When you log and transfer a clip, the clip IDs are stored in the clip within your project.

When you want to transfer a clip again, Final Cut Pro searches the current volumes in the Log and Transfer window for a clip whose clip ID matches. If no clip has a matching clip ID, Final Cut Pro tells you that the volume containing that clip is not mounted. Final Cut Pro displays a dialog box that identifies the missing volumes that need to be mounted.

When retransferring spanned clips, Final Cut Pro checks that all the necessary volumes are mounted, and, if not, you can locate them using the Missing Volumes dialog. The missing volumes are identified by the clip IDs given to the clip segments when you initially transferred them. Previous versions of Final Cut Pro did not assign volume IDs to spanned clips, and if you retransfer such spanned clips with missing segments on unmounted volumes, Final Cut Pro cannot help identify missing volumes using volume IDs. You must locate and manually mount the necessary volumes to complete the retransfer of the spanned clip. For more information about spanned clips, see Viewing Spanned Clips in the Browse Area.

Choosing Reel Names and Understanding Volume Names

When you log clips in the Log and Transfer window, it is important to assign memorable, meaningful reel names so that you can find volumes later for transfer. This is also especially important when you are transferring spanned clips because a spanned clip’s media comes from several volumes, and, by default, Final Cut Pro assigns each clip the Reel property that includes the volume names of the spanned clip. You should try to assign a reel name that describes each volume required for the spanned clip. For example, the reel name 10A_10B_10C could indicate that a clip requires three volumes: 10A, 10B, and 10C.

When warning you that the volume is missing, Final Cut Pro tells you the clip’s assigned Reel property, not the volume name. Although both reel name and volume name are important for keeping track of your clips, Final Cut Pro does not make use of them for retransfer. Instead, Final Cut Pro searches any mounted volumes for clips that have clip ID numbers that match the clips you want to transfer. This means you can retransfer the clip from any volume as long as the volume contains a clip with the matching clip ID.

To retransfer media for clips created in the Log and Transfer window
  1. In the Browser, select the clips whose media you want to transfer.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Batch Capture (or press Control-C).

    • Make sure the Log and Transfer window is open, then drag the selected clips from the Browser to the Transfer Queue area.

  3. In the dialog that appears, specify whether you want to transfer media for all selected clips or only clips whose media files are offline, then click OK.

If Final Cut Pro cannot find media with a matching clip ID on the currently mounted volumes, a Reconnect dialog appears enabling you to search for and add volumes that you need. After you’ve located all the missing volumes that contain the segments of the clips that you want to transfer, the dialog closes and Final Cut Pro transfers the spanned clip.

For more information about adding a volume to the Log and Transfer window, see Mounting Media Volumes in the Log and Transfer Window.

Important: Because it is so easy to make archived disk images and copied folders of your cards, you can potentially add more than one volume containing the same clip to the Browse area in the Log and Transfer window. This can cause unexpected results, especially when viewing or ingesting spanned clips.

Retransferring Decode-Only Formats

Some formats, such as REDCODE or AVC-Intra, are decode-only formats. This means you cannot encode to (or edit with) these formats and you must edit these formats with an alternative codec, such as an Apple ProRes codec.

In an offline-online editing workflow, when you finish editing your offline sequence, you might retransfer footage using the native format for an online edit. If you are retransferring, it is important that you set Log and Transfer preferences to the native format (for example, REDCODE or AVC-Intra) before using the Batch Capture feature to retransfer. You can configure the sequence settings in a separate step. In the case of a decode-only format such as REDCODE or AVC-Intra, the sequence format will be an alternative codec, such as an Apple ProRes codec.

For more information about Log and Transfer preferences, see Setting Log and Transfer Import Preferences. For more information about transferring specific formats (such as REDCODE or AVC-Intra), see Professional Formats and Workflows, available in Final Cut Pro Help.