Best practices for project management / archiving a project with only the parts of clips it needs?

Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Is there a way to archive or projet manage a project where you don't copy ALL raw footage, rather just the parts of the clips the sequence needs? 

 

The typical "project manager" workflow involves copying all raw footage associated with a sequence. Even if a 30 minute clip is used for only 10 seconds, the entire 30 minute clip is copied. In the project manager there is a setting to exclude clips that aren't used at all, but not one to exculde just unused *parts* of clips.

 

I'm dreaming up some workarounds that are not ideal and may require a lot of prep work on my end, so I wanted to check in with the community for potential solutions.

 

Does anyone have any thoughts or best-practices for this?

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Hi dv416,

Sorry. Are you saying that you've already tried the Project Manager yet or not? Let us know. It is supposed to work in this manner and does so, but with some popular formats, trimming cannot occur. There are a good number of exceptions. Which codec is your source footage originating in? If it is H.264 or HEVC, the Project Manager may not trim that media.

 

If that is a problem, I believe Autokroma has a third-party project manager that can solve the issue called PlumePack. Check it out: https://www.autokroma.com/PlumePack/Download

 

Otherwise, yes, you could export sections back to Media Encoder to trim the H.264 media after the fact, but it would be pretty painful, as you could imagine, doing that for each clip.

 

Another workflow: if you transcoded the footage to a broadcast codec at ingest, it would trim your project but the file sizes would be much larger than any original H.264 footage. 

 

Best Wishes,

Kevin

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Thanks Kevin,

 

I did try project manager with a pro res transcode, but as soon as I saw an entire 30 minute multipclip footage copied over, I just deleted the output archive. Not what I was going for, so I didn't study the output too closely. 

 

Do you know the specific project manager settings that would indicate copying / transcoding JUST the needed footage in this way? 

 

Plume looks good. That may be the answer. 

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the PlumePack plugin has a trimmed consolidation feature but its not free.

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