“Merging files” in Final Cut Pro 7 means to combine a video file with at least one and no more than 24 unrelated audio files so that they appear to be a single linked clip where the audio and video is in sync. Merging is generally necessary when syncing video with audio files that were recorded to a separate device. (What we call “double system recording.”)
Most of the time, merging works fine. However, if your sequence settings don’t match the video clip settings, you’ll create merged clips that don’t mirror the size, quality, or frame rate of the original video. This means you need to create all new merged clips to correct this mistake.
This is easy if you only have one or two clips, but what if you have hundreds? That’s where the following technique, sent in by Jesús Pérez-Miranda, can help.
The benefit to this technique is that you don’t need to unmerge all those clips, which means your audio and video remain in sy nc; saving you from having to redo a ton of work.
[Jesús writes:] Here’s the best and fastest solution that I discovered to fix this particular problem:
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Larry replies: Thanks, Jesús. This technique can save a lot of time.
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