Reconnecting Media Files Automatically
If you process your media files outside of Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro detects the
change in the media file and any clips pointing to that file become offline. This can be
inconvenient, especially when you are constantly modifying media files in another
application like Motion or Soundtrack Pro.
By using the Open in Editor command, you can tell Final Cut Pro to open a clip’s media
file in a particular application and then automatically reconnect the file when you
return to Final Cut Pro. However, this method can also be inconvenient, especially if you
are making changes to Motion or Soundtrack Pro projects outside of Final Cut Pro.
If the Open in Editor command doesn’t suit your workflow, you can configure
Final Cut Pro to always reconnect modified media files in all circumstances, even if you
don’t use the Open in Editor command. This means that when you modify media files
in other applications, the clip does not go offline when you return to Final Cut Pro.
To configure Final Cut Pro to reconnect modified media files even when you don’t
use the Open in Editor command:
Choose Final Cut Pro > User Preferences.
Click the Editing tab.
Select the Always Reconnect Externally Modified Files checkbox.
Be cautious when you select this option, particularly in a shared environment
(such as an Xsan environment) in which media drives are shared for collaborative
editing. If you (or someone else) modifies media files in other applications, Final Cut Pro
will not notify you when clips are reconnected. For example, if someone changes the
duration of a media file in Soundtrack Pro, Final Cut Pro does not warn you that the clip
duration has changed. If you want to ensure that clips are only reconnected when you
use the Open in Editor command, deselect the Always Reconnect Externally Modified