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Reconnecting Offline Files

In Final Cut Pro, the links between your clips and sequences in the Browser and the underlying media source files on disk are based on the media file's location. If you rename the source media files used in a project or sequence, the next time you open your project, you'll be greeted with the Offline Files window full of clips marked “missing.” Don't panic. You can reconnect clips to media on your disk using the Reconnect Media command.

It's important to understand how Final Cut Pro's protocols governing clip versions affect the reconnection process. Remember that the clips in your sequence are considered separate copies of the clips in the Browser. If a clip is used in a sequence, you must reconnect both the sequence version and the Browser version of the clip. This is a little tricky, because in FCP, the sequence icon in the Browser doesn't display the red diagonal offline indicator to warn you that it contains offline clips. When you are reconnecting offline files, be sure to select the sequence in the Browser as well as the clips. Selecting the sequence when you are reconnecting allows you to locate files for all offline clips in the sequence.


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