FCPWORKS Secret Sauce: Advanced Dailies Workflow

February 10, 2015 Tags: , , ,
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Hey everyone,

As many of you guys know… a really cool app called Primaries Exporter got released a week or two ago that solved a MAJOR issue FCPX users have been facing… the lack of batch exporting.

You can find all of the info about it on this report.

Anyway, this app largely came about because Mike Matzdorff and I reached out to Thomas Szabo after he’d updated an app that many of you know called Clip Exporter which fixed FCPX users’ After Effects workflow issues and asked him, “Clip Exporter already kind of does batch export… but it’s not exactly what we need for dailies… is there any way you can make an app that takes advantage of FCPX’s metadata capabilities to easily turn around dailies in batches from the timeline… and can it do thumbnails and make spreadsheets?”

Next thing we knew… we were beta testing an app that solved all of our problems. Congratulations and many thanks to Thomas for putting in the time to fill this need. I think the app is a game changer for on-set post and dailies delivery for high end productions.

For high end feature film and stock footage workflows, Primaries Exporter is a godsend as it allows you to easily take advantage of the advanced metadata capabilities in FCPX to allow you to deliver extremely high quality dailies and exports based on the metadata you’ve entered in your events.

If you’re making a feature right now and your producers want dailies… this is the app you’ve been waiting for.

If you’re wondering why, well, I made a pretty comprehensive video all about it. Yes, it’s long, but I cover a lot of topics. Basically, I take you from FCPX to Shot Notes X to Sync N Link to Resolve to FCPX to Primaries Exporter to show you how all these tools can combine to create a fully synced, properly renamed library with completely searchable metadata with high end dailies deliverables that have source timecode embedded in a highly automated way… also, you save a ridiculous amount of money in comparison to industry standard high end dailies software like Colorfront… and there’s far less metadata entry with this workflow.

Anyway, not all of you will need all of the things I cover here, so if you want to jump ahead to the section that’s of most interest to you, here’s some timings of where to jump to:

  • 6:38 – Adding footage and batch syncing audio in Davinci Resolve
  • 8:28 – What to do in the Resolve Edit Page
  • 9:50 – Adding Source Timecode in Resolve to your dailies
  • 11:33 – Resolve deliver page settings
  • 12:46 – FCPX – Add metadata to Resolve dailies with Shot Notes
  • 15:51 – FCPX – Prepping for Primaries Exporter (Audio component management, etc.)
  • 20:16 – Primaries Exporter workflow
  • 25:30 – Primaries Exporter Metadata List

The purpose of this video is to show you what you CAN do with all these apps… and hopefully it’ll help you work smarter and easier, and get started editing a whole lot faster.

We’re going to have a lot more workflow videos coming your way over the next few weeks… and stay tuned for some official FCPWORKS NAB announcements. For the moment, check out this special page and sign up for our FCPWORKS NAB updates:


Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman, FCPWORKS.

This blog post contains the personal musings of FCPWORKS’ Workflow Architect, Sam Mestman. Sam’s also a regular writer for and MovieMaker Magazine, teaches post workflow at RED’s REDucation classes, and is the founder and CEO of We Make Movies, a film collective in Los Angeles and Toronto which is dedicated to making the movie industry not suck. If you’ve got any FCP X questions or need some help putting together a system you can follow Sam on Facebook or Twitter at @FCPWORKS.


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