How Independent Clips Are Processed
Even if you don’t maintain proper master-affiliate relationships in your project by using
independent clips, the Media Manager carefully analyzes your media management
operation before it begins processing. For example, suppose you have a sequence
called Sequence A that contains several independent clips. Also suppose that there
are several master clips in the Browser that reference the same media files as the
independent sequence clips. If you tell the Media Manager to remove unused media
from the independent sequence clips, Final Cut Pro first scans the other clips in your
project to make sure no others would be affected by deleting media.
In this case, Final Cut Pro discovers that the master clips also refer to the same media
files as the independent clips in Sequence A, and a dialog appears warning you that
additional clips outside your selection refer to the same media files. You are given the
option to add the master clips to your selection before the Media Manager processes
the media files. If you include the master clips in the selection, then no media is
removed from the files, because the master clips refer to all of the media in a media file.
However, if you choose to continue with the Media Manager operation without
including the master clips in the selection, the media files are trimmed based on the
length of the independent clips in Sequence A. This is fine for the clips in Sequence A,
but the master clips will no longer have the appropriate media.