What Is Media Management?
Media management is a term used for several related tasks throughout post-production. In general, any task that relates to processing your media is considered to be media management, such as capturing, compressing, copying, moving, or deleting media files. However, media management also refers to keeping track of your media files via clip properties such as log notes, comments, scene number, shot/take number, and so on.
The flexibility and power of media management in Final Cut Pro stems from one simple fact: a clip and its media file are treated independently. In Final Cut Pro, a more accurate description of media management would be clip and media management. What makes the separation of clips and media files so powerful? Here are a few examples:
Reconnecting clips to new media files: You can create new media files for your project at any time, and reconnect the clips in your project to the new media files.
Direct access to your media files: You can directly access your QuickTime media files in the Finder at any time. You can also easily create clips by dragging media files directly into your project via the Browser. In fact, you can even edit by dragging media files from the Finder directly into the Timeline or Canvas.
Logging clip information without media: You can modify clip properties such as log notes, comments, labels, and even In and Out points without the associated media files. This means you can organize your clips and sequences even though your current editing system may not have the media files.
Trading projects without media files: A Final Cut Pro project file contains clips and sequences, but not media files. Because a project file is so small, you can email or post your project file online. Anyone who has the corresponding media files can open the project file and reconnect the clips to the local media files.
Making a movie is a tremendous logistical undertaking. It’s the execution of the details that ultimately determines the quality of the finished product. What does it matter how good the lead actress’s performance was in the third take of scene 2 if you can’t find it among a thousand other shots? And what use is a week of fine-tune editing, frame by frame, if the final sequence is improperly assembled by the negative cutter because of a faulty edit decision list that you provided?
Final Cut Pro has incredibly versatile media management options, allowing you to customize your workflow to fit the needs of your project.