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Duplicate files for Inspire 2 drone clips 14 Aug 2017 20:57 #89896

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When trying to import clips from a microSD card filmed by an Inspire 2 drone, Final Cut Pro X is showing duplicate clips. One is the actual res it was filmed at and the other is a lower res proxy of some sort. I have never seen this in FCPX. The actual files on the microSD card are NOT duplicate, so it's something happening in FCPX.

Is there some setting I'm missing? i do NOT have either transcode option selected (Prores or proxy).

It's a real pain to deal with because you have no indication of which file is high res or low res until you import it.
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Duplicate files for Inspire 2 drone clips 14 Aug 2017 21:35 #89898

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mindbend wrote:
When trying to import clips from a microSD card filmed by an Inspire 2 drone, Final Cut Pro X is showing duplicate clips. One is the actual res it was filmed at and the other is a lower res proxy of some sort. I have never seen this in FCPX. The actual files on the microSD card are NOT duplicate, so it's something happening in FCPX....

My documentary team has an Inspire 2 and I've imported and edited lots of material from it in FCPX . We usually fly it dual-operator, with separate people running the camera and aircraft. I've never seen what you describe.

The Inspire 2 has three available cameras, the X4S, the X5S and the X5R. The X5S (what we have) can shoot either H264, H265, ProRes or CinemaDNG. We usually use H264 to UHD 4k microSD.

I think the X5S can be configured to record simultaneous 1080p proxy, not sure for what modes. We never use that, but it sounds like yours was configured for that. The idea is the computationally-difficult codecs like H.265 and 5k would have auto-generated proxy files to allow quick footage assessment in the field.

Our usual import procedure is copy the video files from microSD to a portable hard drive, duplicate that, then import the content to FCPX. We never import directly from the card.

I suggest you discuss with the drone operator how the camera is configured and why it's set to generate proxies.
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