tips and tricks

FCPX TIP: Export Clips With Handles From FCPX

I'm often asked to send clips with handles to other editors that I'm working with. Final Cut Pro X somehow still doesn't support exporting a clip with handles directly from the timeline, which hopefully will be fixed soon.

Until then, I've been using a method that can "Resolve" this problem!



Step 1.
Complete your edit as you would normally, export the project FCPXML from Final Cut Pro X.

Step 2.
Fire up DaVinci Resolve and import that FCPXML by going to FILE>IMPORT AAF/EDL/XML from the top menu bar.

This will prompt you with some settings windows, just click OK.

Step 3.
Now your timeline should be open in Resolve. In the edit page you can select the clips you'd like to export with handles most easily by using markers.

Step 4.
Once you've marked your clips you want to export with handles, you can go to the Export page and select the "Clips" drop down menu to filter for the clips with markers. Make sure to set your Export Destination and choose "Individual Clips".

Step 5.
Choose the codec, resolution, etc that you want to export the clip(s) as, and at the very bottom of the "Advanced" drop down tab you can choose to add your desired length of handles. Once you do this, add the job to the render queue and export as normal.

Your selected clips will be exported with handles, easy as that.

Please go here and ask Apple to implement this much needed feature:



Add Your External Stock Libraries to FCPX Sound and Music Browser

You can easily add your external media libraries or folders to FCPX's built in media browser in just a couple easy steps. This will allow you to browse folders and libraries on your machine through the Final Cut Pro X interface, without having to tab over to a Finder window, look for the items you want, drag them in, or fuss around with the import window.

1. Simply drag whatever folder ("Test Folder" in this case) containing your desired media library in to the Music and Sound browser.


The folder will automatically appear in the Sound and Music browser from now on. If the media folder being referenced is on an external drive and the drive is disconnected, then the media will be unavailable, obviously. If you had already used media from the added folder, it will have been copied to your FCPX Event, and will not go offline, even if the drive was disconnected. 

To remove any added folders, simply right click on the folder in the Sound and Music browser and click "Remove Folder."