Possibly dumb question time here, and I’m a little embarrassed, but I have to ask… with thanks in advance, I’ve had a few issues of late and these forums have been super helpful.
I’ve only just realised that in the current project I’m working on, I am using a range of video files with *the
same name*. My camera outputs video files as C000X, so “C0001” is the name of the first video file for each of the different subjects I have shot. Peter’s first bit is “C0001”. Jamie’s first bit is “C0001”.etc
Incredibly (to my usually organised mind) – I have not renamed any of these files to make them unique to each subject or component shot. I’ve just been importing them and running with them as they are.
These are associated audio files, which I have cut and saved to which line up exactly with the audio component of each C000X video file. Which you’ll see an example of in the attached images.
My process thus far has been to takee ach subject interview – which usually spans C0001 – C0005 – and import those files and their associated audio components into a single timeline and then edit out the material I don’t want to use. I am then left with a series of segments. Each segment is grouped. Eg C000X + associated separately recorded audio files. I give each group a unique name which helps me remember what the context of that grouped segment is, for later reference as I piece this whole feature together.
Each subject has their own project called “[subject name] edits” which is effectively a bank of the bits I want to
draw from later. As attached, you’ll see a couple of screenshots demonstrating this process.
What’s happened is that with a couple of these ”edit” projects which contain grouped selections, within the timeline of these projects, the C000X video component of the timeline suddenly references a completely different video file (of the same C000X name). The waveform of the audio component of the C000X file remains correct, but playback shows the incorrect C000X video and produces the incorrect audio (it plays the audio of the C000X video file which is the incorrect one).
To better explain, just imagine the video component shown in each screen shot being replaced with a different visual. Peter here for example, or “C0001”, is replaced by landscape scenery from another video file… which is also from a source file named C0001.
Note that I used the “show in browser” function within the ‘glitch’ projects to identify the C000X video as it
appeared there, and what came up in the browser was the incorrect C000X video (eg the scenery, not Peter the interview subject) and the correct C000X video did not come up in the browser at all. Very odd.
What a mess! Fortunately I have been backing up religiously and managed to get everything back to how it was by going into an archive of this library, in which the projects as last saved had not swapped out the correct C000X video for the incorrect one. I deleted the problem projects and replaced them with the archived ones and so far they have been fine again.
Now, of course, I’m paranoid about having different video files with the same name being mixed up by FCPX in future, but I’ve learned it is not a simple process of renaming the source file. Which I’ve tried. FCPX still load it correctly but its original C000X name remains. When I rename the asset within my clip browser, it remains under its original C000X name in my timeline. There are probably about 300 grouped C000X selections in my “edit” projects, so the idea of individually renaming everything feels a little daunting and is probably not the way to address this, anyway.
*Is* there a way to address this? ie to rename all of my source C000X video files with unique names, and tell FCPX to update the clips as they appear within browser and timelines?
Yes, yes, yes, I know that obviously best practice will be to not have duplicate file names, ever, but I’ve only realised this now, after the weird substitution glitch as described came up. I now have about 12 projects which are edits of individual interviews and it's not feasible to start all over again.
Any possible solutions to how to update each project (and the library) with unique file names for each C000X file would be appreciated. Or maybe it's not possible to do this at all....
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