About the Reconnect Files Dialog
The Reconnect Files dialog has the following features:
Files To Connect List
This displays a list of clips organized by clip status:
Â Online Files: This refers to clips that are currently referencing the appropriate media
files. You may want to reconnect these clips if you want your clips to reference a
different folder with the same media, or media captured with different settings.
Â Offline Files (with a specified path): This refers to clips that contain a file path in the
Source property, but Final Cut Pro cannot locate the media file at the specified
Â Offline Files (with an unspecified path): This refers to clips that have an empty Source
property. In this case, Final Cut Pro cannot locate the media file because no location
is specified. You need to manually reconnect these clips to their media files, if
possible, using the Locate button.
Â Render Files: This refers to sequence render files that Final Cut Pro cannot locate in
the Render Files folder of your current scratch disk.
Â Offline, Online, and Render buttons: You can choose to limit which items are displayed
in the Files to Connect list by clicking the offline, online, or render buttons. One or
more of these buttons may be disabled if none of the selected clips or sequences has
the corresponding clip status. For example, if you only selected online clips, the
offline and render buttons are disabled.
Click Connect to reconnect all clips
listed in the Files Located area.
Displays all clips selected
to be reconnected.
Click to remove the
clip from the Files To
Choose a directory and
select this checkbox to
limit your media file
search to a single
Displays all clips that
can be reconnected
to media files.
Click this to manually
navigate to a clip’s
Click this to tell
Final Cut Pro to search
the specified locations
for a clip’s media file.
Click these buttons to
filter which types of clips
are displayed in the Files
To Connect list.
Media and Project Management
Search Locations Area
This area allows you to choose which folders are searched when Final Cut Pro looks for
Â Skip File: Click this button to remove the current clip highlighted in the Files to
Reconnect list. When this clip is removed, the next clip in the list is highlighted
Â Search Single Location checkbox: When you select this option, only the directory path
in the Search Single Location pop-up menu is searched, as well as any subfolders of
that directory path.
Selecting this option can greatly improve the speed of the search for media files,
especially when you have a lot of media files on your scratch disks or when you are
using a storage area network (SAN) such as an Xsan configuration. The fewer files
and subfolders a directory contains, the faster Final Cut Pro can search for
corresponding media files.
If this checkbox is not selected, Final Cut Pro searches all folders and volumes in the
Search Folders pop-up menu.
Â Search Folders pop-up menu: When the Search Single Location checkbox is
deselected, Final Cut Pro searches all of the directories and volumes shown in this
pop-up menu in the order they appear. The pop-up menu is divided into three
sections and also includes an option to add additional search folders.
Â Directories from the Search Folders tab in System Settings: These are folders set in the
Search Folders tab in the System Settings window, and they appear in the same
order. For more information about setting and removing search folders, see “
” on page 318. Additional items can be temporarily added to this list by
selecting the Add Search Location option (at the bottom of this pop-up menu).
Â Current scratch disk folders: These are the disks assigned in the Scratch Disks tab in
the System Settings window. For more information, see Volume 1, Chapter 11,
“Connecting DV Video Equipment.”
Â Currently mounted volumes: These are the current volumes mounted on your system.
Â Add Search Location: Select this option to add a folder to the end of the search
folders list. These items are added to the list in the Search Folders tab of the
System Settings window.
Reconnecting Clips and Offline Media
Locate and Search Buttons
Â Locate: Click this button to manually navigate to a media file for the clip highlighted
in the Files to Connect list. This is useful if you are reconnecting a clip to a media file
whose name does not match, or when you know the location of a media file and you
want to navigate to it quickly.
In the window that opens, you can choose a media file to reconnect to, or you can
choose a folder and Final Cut Pro will search that folder for any media files that
match the name of the clip.
Â Search: Click this button to start searching for media files that match the highlighted
clip. When you click this button, the Reconnect dialog opens with the matching
media file selected (if found). Media files are searched for in folders based on the
order they appear in the Search Folders pop-up menu. If the Search Single Location
option is selected, only the folder shown is searched.
Files Located List
As you match clips to corresponding media files, they appear in this list.
Â Amount located: This is the number of clips currently matched to media files.
Â Amount with conflicts: This is the number of clips that you have assigned to media
files in which some aspect of each clip does not match its assigned media file. For
example, if you assign a media file containing three audio tracks to a clip that
expects only one audio track, this clip is considered to have a conflict.