Nov 15

Delete all disabled clips in an Final Cut Pro 7 timeline

Challenge: Deleting all disabled clips (usually when prepping for online).
Solution: An applescript app that renames all disabled clips in order to easily select them.

Download DisabledClipsRenamed here.

What does this tool do?
It takes an FCP7 timeline XML and prepends “DISABLED_” to all disabled clips which enables you to easily delete them.

How to use the tool:

  1. Install the free, extremely powerful text editor TextWrangler
  2. Export an XML 5 from an FCP7 timeline. Drop it onto DisabledClipsRenamed.
  3. Import the modified XML back into FCP. Open the modified timeline → Find all: “disabled” → ⌘+C.
  4. Open original timeline, place the cursor at the head of the first disabled clip → ⌘+V. → Delete.

One could simply delete the disabled clips in the reimported XML, but by overwriting and deleting the disabled clips in your original timeline, you can be sure that the enabled clips (what’s important in the timeline!) have not be corrupted or altered during the XML export/import).

Note 1: When pasting the disabled clips into your original timeline, you might get the following warning: “This edit cannot be done because a transition would be cut or an item to one side of a transition would become too short.”
If that’s the case, you need to look at the modified sequence and manually add to your selection any transitions that are connected to disabled clips (video AND audio) before you copy paste them into your original timeline.

Note 2: FCP might display a log of errors when importing the XML. This is normal.

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  1. CREATIVERIG, August 5, 2013


    i try a tool for this.. a lot of time,,

    your “find” solution is amazing,, NASA style

    i trying with TW on Find and Replace, but after select “enable false”
    no find sentence to exclude clips


  2. bernardo, June 18, 2014


    Amazing time saver, should’ve been a feature of the software itself.

  3. Rowan, July 22, 2014

    Brilliant!! Thanks a mil, this has been super handy.