Reviews, Video

Major update on the radar: Final Cut Library Manager 3

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Final Cut Library Manager lets you manage Final Cut Pro X Libraries and its contents. Version 2 got updated several times for free, regardless of it including new features. A couple of weeks ago, Arctic Whiteness then finally upgraded Final Cut Library Manager to version 3. In the process, the company introduced a new licensing model. You can upgrade version 2 to the newest version for free, and you’ll keep all of the useful features like freeing up disk space after rendering projects you had with version 2. When you’re downloading Final Cut Library Manager for the first time, its basic functionality is free. For a small fee you can upgrade and keep the advanced features from the free version as well. And for a bit more money, you can add a couple of advanced options that could turn Final Cut Library Manager into your central library management hub.

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For €24.60, Arctic Whiteness lets you have the complete package, which is a true bargain. Free gets you basic management — mainly passive functionality:

  • Instant search on library names
  • Information on associated media, media folders and caches
  • Information on used and recoverable disk space
  • Follow the state of your libraries and media: on-line, off-line and missing
  • Create a template from an existing library (limited to one)
  • Create libraries, either empty or from the template that you create
  • See a list of all exported media.

Spend €19.90 and you’ll get this in addition:

  • Clean one or more libraries
  • Advanced search on events, associated media, keywords, exports…
  • Add searchable comments to your libraries and events
  • Create any number of templates from your existing libraries.

I can’t imagine you wouldn’t need any of these, but if you don’t, my favourites are the cleaning capabilities and the ability to create templates from existing libraries. Final Cut Pro X creates sometimes huge render cache files. With Final Cut Library Manager, all it takes to get rid of all of those at once is click on an icon and hit the remove button.

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Creating Library templates is a brilliant idea, especially when you’re often creating the same type of Library. For example, if you’re editing commercials or wedding videos, templates for different formats can save time. In my line of work, I can quickly create templates from existing libraries for test environments, e.g. a library with one project set at 1080p24, another with a project set as 2K30p, etc. You can also create empty libraries from within Final Cut Library Manager.

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For an extra €3 for each next module, you’ll also get the ability to duplicate, move and delete your libraries, as well as direct access to your exports in QuickTime, in the Finder or on the internet. I find deleting libraries a real boon as I don’t have to search through all my online and offline media to find the ones I want to get rid of.

The ability to command the playing of exported movies from within Final Cut Library Manager is another great new feature. The exported media plays in the app you have associated with the file format you exported to. For example, on my system playing an exported video in whatever format will start up Telestream’s Switch, a quality control app — the combination of Final Cut Library and Switch is a powerful one!

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My first review of Final Cut Library Manager was a positive one. The upgrade has made the app only better and more effective at saving time and managing your libraries and disk space in more efficient ways. If you’re a frequent Final Cut Pro X user, you need Final Cut Library Manager with all its advanced modules. If you’re only using Final Cut Pro X a couple of times a year to edit a holiday trip video, the free version will save you some time.