Final Cut Pro 6 - Using Master and Affiliate Clips

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Using Master and Affiliate Clips

As you edit, you may generate many copies of the same clip. For example, you may use
different segments of the same clip multiple times in one sequence. Or, if you make
multiple versions of a sequence, each sequence may contain a copy of the same clip,
but the duration of each clip may be different.

All of these clip copies refer to the same media file on disk. When it’s time to recapture,
consolidate your media, or move your footage to another system, reducing the number
of clips you need to manage can save a lot of time and disk space.

For example, suppose you have finished editing your project and now you want to
recapture the media files for your sequence clips at high resolution. If you used the
same clip many times in your sequence, it would be a waste of time and disk space to
capture the same media file over and over for each clip copy.

To simplify media management, Final Cut Pro uses a single master clip to control
multiple copies of a clip. The primary purpose of a master clip is to manage the
relationship between multiple copies of a clip and a single media file. The first time you
import or capture a media file, a master clip is created. Subsequently, each copy of the
master clip that you create is called an affiliate clip.

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Part I

Media and Project Management

Master-affiliate clip relationships help you to:

 Keep track of which clips in your project use the same media
 Perform media management operations on one, some, or all affiliated clips
 Trace your steps from an affiliate clip in a sequence back to the unmodified master clip

Note: If you need to, you can break the relationship between affiliate clips and master
clips, turning the affiliate clips into independent clips. You generally don’t want to do
this because then you lose the benefit of a single master clip controlling all the others.
There are a few cases where independent clips can be useful, but it’s best to avoid
them unless you have a special reason.