Final Cut Pro 6 - About the Connection Between Clips and Media Files

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About the Connection Between Clips and Media Files

Clips are not to be confused with the media files you captured to your computer’s hard
disk. A clip refers to a media file on your computer’s hard disk, but the clip is not the
media file itself. Clips usually reference all of the content within a media file, but you
can also create subclips that reference only part of a media file, or merged clips that
refer to several media files at once.

A Final Cut Pro clip refers to its media file via the clip property called Source, which
describes the location of the media file in the form of a directory path. For example, the
directory path for a clip’s media file might look like this:

/MyScratchDisk/Capture Scratch/MyProject/MyMediaFile

Note: Every file on your hard disk can be located by its directory path. A directory
path describes where a file is located within the file and folder hierarchy of the
operating system.

To switch between

projects, click a

project’s tab.

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Part I

An Introduction to Final Cut Pro

To see a clip’s Source property:


Select a clip in the Browser by clicking it.


Choose Edit > Item Properties > Format (or press Command-9).

The Item Properties window appears.


Look at the directory path in the clip’s Source field.


If you can’t see the complete directory path, you can do one of the following:

 Drag the right edge of the column heading to the right to increase the column width.
 Move the pointer over the directory path in the Source field, then wait until a tooltip

appears showing the complete directory path.