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Final Cut Pro X and editing with proxy files

Cómo visualizar tus bibliotecas de FCPX de forma rápida

Doing it on older computers is possible. We just need to know how to harness its power and how to work more optimally.

Final Cut Pro X and editing with proxy files
Final Cut Pro X and editing with proxy files

Anyone starting out with video editing needs to know which video formats are optimal for working with the selected application. In OS X, despite the criticism, one of the best options is Final Cut Pro X. Apple’s professional video editor allows us to make edits of all kinds and its price makes it one of the most attractive solutions.

When FCPX was introduced we saw the number of video formats expand. It was now possible to edit AVCHD files imported from different cameras without the need for converters. Of course, transcoding (direct conversion from one codec to another) to ProRes is still recommended because editing is more efficient. The “only” drawback of working in ProRes is that the file sizes are increased. A video of 200MB takes up about 1GB.

But even so, using video material in ProRes, there is equipment that has a difficult or heavier task. To overcome this there is the option to edit using proxy files . A proxy file is a copy of our raw (original material) that the system will create if we tell it to and that will have a lower resolution than the original. Exactly 14 of the resolution of the clip. This helps the computer to handle a lighter file than the raw one, so that editing is made easier.

An example. Editing 4K on a MacBook Air is an impossible task. If we’re working with proxy files, we’re going to be editing with 1080p files, something the computer can move more easily. Then, once the edition is finished, when exporting we will do it using the files at maximum resolution. The prosy files are only for reference and to facilitate the edition.

As you can see, making use of the proxy edition in FCPX will not only allow us to do this with our less powerful computers or even as a means of removing the life from our Mac. It also gives us the ability to edit on the go . That is, we can work on our Mac Pro or iMac, with the original files and at maximum resolution, but if we need to start while we are on the road, or we want to continue at home on the laptop, we can do it too.

For this we use the proxy edition again. As they explained in MacBreak, the idea is to create a library in FCPX where the original files are referenced and in it we only save the Proxy material. That way, we can take the library to our laptop, make the necessary edits and then copy the project back to our main Mac. But I’ll leave you with the video where you’ll see the workflow more clearly.

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