Final Cut Pro 6 - Using the Reconnect Files Dialog

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Using the Reconnect Files Dialog

The Reconnect Files dialog has many options, depending on the types of clips you are
reconnecting and the number of volumes and folders you want to search for missing
media files. The task below suggests one possible workflow.

To use the Reconnect Files dialog:


Select the clips you want to reconnect.

If you have a lot of offline clips and you want to make sure you reconnect them all,
press Command-A to select all clips in the Browser, and make sure you select the
“Offline” option in step 3.


Do one of the following:

 Choose File > Reconnect Media.
 Control-click a clip or sequence, then choose Reconnect Media from the shortcut menu.

The Reconnect Files dialog appears.

The first item in the Files to Connect list is highlighted. The currently highlighted clip is
the clip whose media file Final Cut Pro attempts to match.


To choose which kinds of clips appear in the Reconnect Files dialog, click the Offline,
Online, or Render button. For more information, see “

About the Reconnect Files Dialog

on page 77.


To remove the currently highlighted clip from the Files To Connect area, click Skip File.

You may want to skip a clip if you cannot locate its media file, but you want to continue
reconnecting other clips in the list.

Select the files you

want to reconnect.

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Reconnecting Clips and Offline Media




Do one of the following:

 Choose a directory path from the Search Folders pop-up menu, then select the Search

Single Location option to limit where Final Cut Pro searches for clips’ media files.

 Deselect the Search Single Location option so that all folders in the Search Folders

pop-up menu are searched.


Do one of the following:

 Click Search to have Final Cut Pro search for media files automatically.
 Click Locate to manually navigate to the location of the media file.

If you click Search, Final Cut Pro searches for the media file that corresponds to the clip
highlighted in the Files To Connect area. When Final Cut Pro discovers a potential
match, the Reconnect dialog appears. If Final Cut Pro cannot find a clip’s media file, you
hear an alert sound. In this case, you may want to use the Locate button to manually
search for a clip’s media file instead.

Choose an option to

limit which kinds of files

you are allowed to select.

Deselect this option
when reconnecting a
media file whose name
has changed.

Select the file.

Select this option so that additional
clips that need to be reconnected
are automatically reconnected to
media files in this folder.

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Media and Project Management

Several options can help you find your clip.

 Show pop-up menu: If this option is set to All Files, you can select any file type in the

selected folder on your hard disk, whether or not it can be connected to a clip in
Final Cut Pro. To limit the kind of files you can select in this list, choose a file type
from the pop-up menu.

 Matched Name Only: Choose this option so Final Cut Pro restricts your selections to

media files whose names match the file name in the clip’s Source property. If you are
reconnecting to a media file whose name is different than the previous media file the
clip was connected to, or if the clip name does not match the media filename, you
can deselect this option.

Note: If no media file exists that matches the filename in the clip’s Source property,
Final Cut Pro searches for a media file whose name matches the clip name.

 Search: Shows the path of the media file referenced to the current clip being

reconnected. If more than one match is found, you can use this pop-up menu to
choose which file you want.

 Reconnect All Files in Relative Path: Select this checkbox if you want Final Cut Pro to

automatically reconnect all remaining clips whose media files are located in this
folder. When you are reconnecting a lot of clips, this can speed up the reconnection
process considerably.


When the correct media file is selected, click Choose to add the media file to the Files
Located area in the Reconnect dialog.

If certain attributes of the selected media file don’t match the clip you are reconnecting,
the File Attribute Mismatch dialog appears.

Final Cut Pro warns you if the following file attributes don’t match the properties of the
clip you are reconnecting:

 Media Start and Media End timecode
 Number of video or audio tracks
 Reel name
 Frame rate

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Click Try Again to search for a different media file to connect to the clip. Otherwise,
click Continue to reconnect the media file to the current clip, even though certain
attributes don’t match.

Clips connected to media files with mismatched attributes appear in the File Located
area in italics, and the total number of clip-media file mismatches is displayed next to
“Amount with conflicts.”

All media files located appear in a list in the Files Located area of the Reconnect dialog.


Using the Search or Locate button, continue to associate clips to media files until you
are ready to reconnect them.


Click Connect to connect all clips in the Files Located area to their media files.

You can click Connect at any time, even if there are still clips listed in the Files to
Connect list.