June 9, 2014
If there was an award for constant product development, it would go to Tim and Vincent at Arctic Whiteness. They have just released version 2 of their popular application for handling those FCPX libraries.
If you haven’t come across Final Cut Library Manager before, to use the old Ronseal tag line, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It has to be the most comprehensive way to manage, find and delete media from FCPX libraries.
Since its release, the guys at Arctic Whiteness have released a number of updates to the program, not just bug fixes, but they’ve also added some great new features too.
Now they have gone one step further and released Final Cut Library Manager 2. The great news is that it is still priced at just under $12 and the upgrade is free for all existing FCLM users.
Timothy Armes sent us details on the update:
You can now drill down into your libraries to see their events and projects, and you can clean up the libraries on an event-by-event basis. This feature will be much appreciated for those whose workflow is to keep lots of events grouped together into a few libraries.
The search feature has been completely overhauled. You can now search for libraries, events and projects by name, or search their associated comments or notes. More than that though, we now read data from your libraries and events so that you can even search their media clips for information that you’ve previously entered into Final Cut Pro – custom name, notes and even keywords! Finding your libraries has never been easier!
You can now tell at a glance when a library contains links to external original media files, and with a click you can find out which drives you need to plugin to have your media available to Final Cut Pro!
We’ve added much better keyboard support. It’s now dead easy to search for a library (cmd-F), move directly to the one that interests you using the arrow keys, and then open it in Final Cut Pro (cmd-O, or cmd-option-O to Open Alone), all without touching the mouse.
Of course, no major release would be complete without a bunch of little goodies:
- You can now open multiple libraries at once via the main menu (or using CMD-O).
- You can make “Open Alone” the default action (via the preferences)
- You can choose to delete the thumbnails too when deleting render files (again, via the preferences).
- The project notes that you create in Final Cut Pro can been seen (and searched).
- Network drives can now be cleaned.
- The “fake” libraries cached by DaVinci and CineX are no longer listed.
- It’s now much faster – all library scanning now occurs in the background.
- Final Cut Library Manager now starts up very quickly. Previously users of large collections had a long wait…