More Unrelated Stuff (Episode 2)

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My first blog – A Whole Lot of Unrelated Stuff – was extremely popular. So, here’s the next edition.



This was first suggested to me in an email, but I forgot to write down the name of the person submitting this.

One of the limitations of Final Cut Pro X is that it doesn’t support batch exporting. That is, you can’t select a bunch of projects and export them all at once.

EXCEPT, because FCP X does all its exporting in the background, you can achieve virtually the same thing.

Yesterday, I needed to export four ten-minute movies and one one-hour movie. So, I selected the first movie in the Project Library and exported it using File > Share > Master File.

NOTE: I always export all my projects as master files and compress them after export. This is because I like to have a master file of my projects.

The export took just a couple of seconds. So, I exported the next movie. And the next. And the next. Each one queued up as a background process. In fact, the entire process of exporting five movies took less than twelve seconds!

As a note, just as with Final Cut Pro 7 doing Batch Export, once the process starts, you can’t quit FCP X until all the exports are complete.

NOTE: And the other thing I noticed was that, because FCP X uses all my processors for exporting, movies were exported MUCH faster than FCP 7.


One of the features I really like about Adobe Audition is the Time Selection tool. This allows you to drag out a region within a clip, or across a group of clips, and instantly delete it; closing up the gap.

While FCP 7 had the ability to set an In and an Out then delete between them, this took a lot of extra keystrokes and I never used it.

But, FCP X has something very similar to Audition:

I found myself in a big edit this week and rediscovered this technique. It cut the time of cleaning up an interview almost in half!

NOTE: As far as I can tell, the Range selection tool only selects a range of clips that are in the same Storyline. It won’t allow you to select clips in multiple storylines. For that, you would need to use the Razor Blade tool.


In the Project Library, there are icons that can tell you about your project, without you even opening it.

The “Broadcast” icon, illustrated here as part of the Manual Color Project, indicates that you’ve Shared (exported) a Project.

The Broadcast icon with an exclamation mark in a triangle, shown as the top icon of the Audio Project, indicates that you’ve changed this Project since the last time you exported it.

And the exclamation point inside a triangle, indicates that there is media missing, or unlinked, in the Project.


If you attempt to export a Project with missing media, FCP X now warns you.


New with the 10.0.6 update is Paste Attributes, the ability to copy effects from one clip to another clip, or group of selected clips. This has long been a favorite feature of mine from Final Cut Pro 7.

The way you use it is:

When you select this option, a dialog appears, illustrated above, asking you to select which effects you want to paste. A feature I particularly like is that this now lists all the filters and effects applied to the source clip.

By the way, this always adds effects to the selected clips, it never replaces them.

NOTE: If you want to apply all the effects attached to the source clip, without seeing this dialog, select Edit > Paste Effects.


Neil Sinclair provides this solution to creating drop shadows on travel mattes inside FCP X:

Larry adds: Very cool, Neil. Thanks!


Ed Grogan sent this in.

I’ve done major testing with both the Mac and Windows version of the compressor that is part of the Adobe Master Suite.

I can repeatably demonstrate that a file (I have determined that it is not ProRes dependent) compressed with the setting “H.264-Blu-Ray” produces a compressed file that contains both repeated frames and dropped frames. Repeats start at just over one minute into the video. On five different files, made with VC-1, ProRes, Uncompressed, AVI and WMF all of length 00:02:07:27 produced compressed H.264 that was five frames too long. (Source was 720p59.94). Errors started about one minute in. All showed a random pattern of compressing a frame and then repeating the last two frames. The uncompressed showed more duplication and some frames dropped.

THe compressor setting H.264 (without the Blu-ray tag) worked perfectly. The only problem is this compressor does not bring chapter marks into Encore. Also, not verified, that Encore does not like mux’d files as sources. Still looking into issues as to why Encore wants to transcode anything intended for Blu-ray.

The H.264 Blu-ray setting also damages the audio file but I haven’t started to investigate that.

Larry replies: Thanks, Ed, for sending this in. I’ve already forwarded it to my contacts at Adobe.


I’ve written many times about the lack of affordable archiving options for our media. Richard suggested I check into the Sony ODS 55-U.

Here’s a PDF that describes what Sony announced.

This device was announced in April, 2012. It uses a stacked array of Blu-ray Discs as its archive. And, as far as I can tell, it is not yet available, nor has pricing been announced.

Aside from the fact it isn’t available, my biggest concern is that this is writing to Blu-ray optical media, the longevity of which is potentially not as long as LTO tape. It is also troubling that Sony has taken so long after the announcement to get this released.


Thinking about archiving, even companies with the resources of Facebook realize we need something more than we’ve got.

Jeff Orig sent me this Wired article.

That’s it for this edition. As always, let me know what you think.



6 Responses to More Unrelated Stuff (Episode 2)

  1. Craig says:

    Rick Young interviewed Sony about their optical disk archive solution at IBC.

    Disc prices range from 25 Euros for 300GB (Rewritable) which seems reasonable. 215 Euro for 1.5TB (write once).

    Recording unit is 5000 Euros) (list price)

    I’d imagine the discs are as enduring as XDCAM discs. Sony is saying at least 50 years (that’s a minimum).

  2. Richard Hale says:

    Millenniata’s Blu-ray M-Disc, to be released in a couple of months should provide the archive answer (‘write once, read forever’). I’ve seen a video clip which shows the M-Disc using a multiple disc device such as Sony’s.

  3. bas paul says:

    Great article Larry,

    One thing on exporting in FCPX. I create pretty large volumes of videos and I used to label the projects with a color once exported in FCP7. Now, in FCPX, I cannot label my projects …or can I? I did notice the small icon next to the project name, after export, but that does not seem to be all that accurate, resulting in videos not being exported. Do you have any tips on managing projects, labelling maybe?
    All the best,

    • Larry says:


      The little icon to the right of the Project name that looks sort of like a speaker indicates that the project has been exported. If the speaker icon has an exclamation point in it, that means the project has changed since last you exported it.

      So, in FCP X, the labeling is done for you, automatically.


  4. bas paul says:


    I did realize that, however it does not seem reliable. Some projects mysteriously get that icon, without me exporting it. Also, if an export fails because of a full drive, the icon stays there.
    It is a pity that, despite good intensions, FCPX does the thinking for me, not leaving us possibilities to mark or label manually.

    Kind regards,

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