So, here's the problem
you're constantly facing: Staying organized.
You import items into Final Cut
Pro. Did you organize where they were on your hard drive before
you imported? After? What about that mp3 you pulled from iTunes?
What's your best plan for backing up?
Loader solves all those problems.
It's an application that runs alongside
FCP, that allows easy drag and drop of all of your imports. Jpegs,
PSD files, After Effect .mov files...even those MP3s (that should
be converted anyway, to work best in Final Cut Pro.)
Very straightforward. There is no installation. Download it,
decompress it, toss it into your Applications Folder (and yes,
it needs to live there.) Launch it and it sets up a background
process to automatically run when FCP is also running.
How does it work? Once you've installed
it, you won't notice it (or really use it) unless Final Cut Pro
is running. After starting Final Cut Pro, you'll see a clapboard
on the left side - this is the 'handle' to drag imports into
loader. It's there...until you need it (and yes, you can move
it up/down to be out of the way by holding down the Command key.)
Stop using the Import menu - Drag a file (or folder full of imports)
to the Loader icon on the edge of your screen. It'll slide in
and and ask for a location for you to save your Imports.
Loader will ask you to choose a
folder to store your imports (the first time you use it per project)
and that's it - you're good to go. Loader requires FCP 6.0.2
or later, because it relies on a list of open projects. You
have to have saved the project at least once before you use loader.
Since you're going to want to drag
and drop files into Loader, I thought of a tip that might be
valuable - If you want to bring up a Finder window, without
hiding Final Cut or minimizing any of the windows, you merely
need to click on the Finder icon on your dock. A finder window
will appear on top of Final Cut Pro.
Now that you've dragged your files
to the Loader window, it will copy your material from wherever
it was and make a copy into the folder you specified. It automatically
puts them into subfolders, with the default of:
In your Project, you get a folder
called Imports, with the Date and time. For example: Imports
(12/12/08 8:55:22 PM).
How easy is that? Now, when your
Project is over, you just have to grab that folder in the Finder
to back up your imports on a per project basis.
There are several really powerful
features that I think are worth pointing out.
If you bring in an MP3, a CAF (Coreaudio format as used by Soundtrack
Pro library) or an M4A (unprotected AAC only), it will convert
it to an uncompressed 48khz, 16 bit, stereo .AIF file. All that
'beep, beep, beep' action from bringing MP3s in directly is gone.
It does this invisibly and in the background.
You don't have to follow their rules. Want AIFs in one folder
and WAV files in another? Add whatever folder structure you like
(and whatever extensions however you'd like to sort them.)
More than one project
Multiple projects? Loader will let you import to whichever project
you choose upon dragging.
Loader keeps a log. This is really useful, as it's a list that
you can look at or print; perfect for recalling the names of
items that are in a project that belong to commercial Sound Libraries.
With all this praise, what would I change? Well, I'd like the
option of having it put all my imports in a single folder in
FCP vs. the time/date structure. If you bring in items from a
number of places, individually, you'll have lots of import folders
inside your Final Cut Pro project. Not a killer problem (and
I can see that some people would like it the way it works). If
you bring in items from a number of places, individually, you'll
have lots of import folders inside your Final Cut Pro project.
I'm told this is a limitation of the way FCP works with XML files
- which is how Loader does it's magic. Not a killer problem (and
I can see that some people would like it the way it works.)
I like Loader quite a bit, aside
from a couple of minor grumblings. And yes, I think you should
buy it. It takes care of your worst enemy - yourself, especially
when you're rushing to make a deadline. Everything you bring
into Final Cut Pro, Loader keeps organized.
Full list of formats:
Audio: .aif .aiff .bwf .wav (converts .mp3, .caf, and
Graphics: .bmp .gif .jpg .pct .pdf .png .psd .tif .tiff
Jeff I. Greenberg
is the Principal Instructor of Future
Media Concepts. He's the Program Manager of the Editor's
Retreat, an exclusive getaway for editors, by editors. His
full bio can be found on his website,
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