Tip #109: Solve the “Missing Camera” Alert

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #109: Solve the “Missing Camera” Alert

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

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Bill Rabkin writes:

Recently, when I opened a library that I’ve been editing for a while and selected “Clip #1” in the Browser, FCP X displayed its red “Missing Camera!” warning. Apparently it still thinks Clip #1 resides in a camera card, despite my deleting Preferences and not having the DCIM, MISC, or PRIVATE folders on my external drive.

When I spoke to an editor at Access Framingham, our city’s Public Access Station for whom I do most of my videos, he suggested that I select Clip #1 in the Browser and then choose File > Import > Reimport from Camera/Archive.

I had never used this command before, never even knew it existed.

It worked! FCP X no longer complains when I try to share either a Master File or Current Frame.

I think the problem likely was caused because the SDHC card with the AVCHD file was the last camera card that I had copied to my external hard drive, and I don’t think I had ejected the SDHC card before I imported all of the raw footage into my FCP X Library from the hard disk sub-folders. The presence of the mounted SDHC card must have confused FCP X.

From now on, you can bet that I won’t create a new Library until all of the SDHC cards are back in their case!

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2 replies
  1. Eric
    Eric says:

    Best tip yet. That’s a regular issue.

    Larry, I teach a film class to high school students. We have a Mac lab with 12 iMacs. They are all running Mojave. Ten of them are about three years old and two are brand new. On one of the old ones and one of the new ones FCP will not update past 10.4. All of the others are running 10.4.7. Any idea how to force those other two to upgrade to 10.4.7?


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