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Old January 9th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #16
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I don't quite get the purpose of the two folder panes. Your described procedure cann all be completed using just one of them - what the other for?
As I mentioned in a previous post (which has a link to another thread), you copy a clip (the one that has been broken up across cards) from a card to a destination folder using the EX clip browser. The card will be on one folder pane in the EX browser, and the destination folder will be on another folder pane -- you drag the clip from one pane to the other. And you repeat this copying/dragging process for every memory card until you have all the clips (that need to be stitched) together in the destination folder.

Using this method, the copying and combining (from the card to the destination folder) are done in one step -- as opposed to the method described by Andreas.

You can also use this copy/drag operation to copy 'simple' clips (ones that are not broken up) from the card to the destination folder -- the EX browser knows if it needs to simply copy the clip, or if the clip needs to be combined with another clip based on the data in the XML files that are saved together with the MP4 files. Therefore you perform the same copy/drag operation regardless of whether the memory card contains 'simple' clips and/or clip(s) that need to be combined.


Note that although the clips have been 'combined' together, the MP4 files in the destination folder are still in separate files. When you play the file in the EX browser, the clip is played as one clip (although there's a short pause when it moves from one MP4 file to another). When you export the clip to an MXF file, the separate MP4 files are combined together into one seamless MXF file.

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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #17
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Good tip Bernard!

That was a great feature that I have missed completely somehow :) And I have been trying it out allot to find a good and simple work flow for our students.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 02:25 AM   #18
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Thanks Bernard, makes sense!

Is it possible to drag all card's contents in a single operation, and - after doing the same with the next card - still have the spanned clip(s) merged OK?
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Old January 11th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #19
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Thanks Bernard, makes sense!

Is it possible to drag all card's contents in a single operation
You can select multiple or all clips in the pane, then drag/copy them to the other pane.

There's also a "Copy All" menu.
You click on a card or a folder, click on the "Copy All" menu item (in the Edit menu), then click on the destination folder/subfolder, and right click and "Paste".


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and - after doing the same with the next card - still have the spanned clip(s) merged OK?
Each clip has a "Clip ID" which is saved in an XML file together with the MP4 file.
You would copy the contents of the first card to the destination folder. In this example, the last clip spans across cards, and it contains "12347" in the ID.

Card #1
Clip ID=""****12345****"
Clip ID=""****12346****"
Clip ID=""****12347****"

You then copy the contents of the second card, and the clip browser sees that one of the clips in the second card has the same "12347" ID as the one that's in the destination folder, so it combines them. The other file is simply copied (no need to combine).

Card #2
Clip ID="****12347****"
Clip ID="****12348****"
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