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Whats New in Final Cut Pro 6: Renaming Clips

Excerpted from Diana Weynand's new DVD Tutorial ?What?s New In Final Cut Pro 6? By Diana Weynand

In Final Cut Pro 6, there are two new commands that give you freedom and control in renaming your clips. The clip we have been working with is named tilt up to boat

but the name of that clip was changed to match the footage action, after it was imported into the project.  Lets look at the file in a Finder window. 

The original media file's name is actually pond life.


The two commands allow you to either change the name of the project clip to match that of the file, so tilt up to boat would change back to pond life.  Or you can change the media file name to match that of the project clip.  To access the rename commands you can right-click (or control-click) on a clip and choose that option from the short cut menu.

Or select the clip and Choose Modify > Rename.

To make this project clip match its file name, lets choose ?clip to match file. 

Now lets change the project clip name again, and this time lets change the file name to match this clip name. We Choose Modify > Rename, file to match clip. 
As a double check Final Cut will prompt you to be sure of the change, since you are changing the media file name and not just the project clip name.

Lets take a look at that media file.  Now the media file name is named after the project clip.  These simple commands help you keep your project clips and media files efficiently organized either clip by clip or as part of an overall workflow process.  For example you might be working with several voice-over segments that were given generic names as you recorded them. 

You can now rename the clips you want to use in the project and then change the file names to match.

Now there is no confusion about what media files these clips link to and which generically name media files you might want to delete or simply not use in your project.


For more information, check out her website, www.weynand.com, call her at 818.995.1719 or email  here.


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Diana Weynand is co founder of Weynand Training International,

Diana Weynand is author of the Apple Pro Training Series book, Final Cut Pro 7. She is co-founder of Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center that offers hands-on classes on Apple Pro Applications around the country as well as customized on-site training. She is also one of the creators of iKeysToGo Your Personal Shortcut Assistant in the Palm of your Hand! - a series of iPhone and iPod Touch applications for Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS4, iPhoto, Word, etc. These Apps are available on the iTunes App Store. For more information, check out her website, www.weynand.com, call her at 818.995.1719 or email at weynand@mac.com.


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