Relationship Between Source Tapes, Media Files, and Clips
The relationship between source tapes, media files, and clips is described below.
Â Source tape: An original videotape from your production.
Â Media file: A QuickTime movie file created by capturing video, audio, and timecode
from the source tape to a computer hard disk. This is a copy of the original footage.
Â Clip: An object in a Final Cut Pro project that represents a media file on the scratch
disk. A clip connects to a media file, but it isn’t the media file itself. If you delete a
clip, the media file remains intact on the scratch disk. If you delete the media file, the
clip remains in the project, but it is no longer connected to its media. You can create
clips by importing or dragging media files to the Final Cut Pro Browser.