Software Review: Intelligent Assistance Event Manager X
[This article was first published in the July, 2011, issue of
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One of the limitations of Final Cut Pro X is that all Events and Projects must be open at all times. There is no way, within the program, to turn some of them off.
Nor, if you use multiple hard disks to store Events or Projects, can you see which Events or Projects are off-line, stored on a hard disk that you’ve either disconnected or turned off.
Into this breach leaps Event Manager X, from Intelligent Assistance ($4.99 available directly from their website). This is a stand-alone utility that does all the file management for you. They sent me a copy to review.
Installation is simple – download it from their website, enter a serial number and you’re done. Total time spent installing is about 90 seconds.
When you first start Event Manager X, it displays a simple table that lists all Events on all hard drives connected to your system and turned on in the top half and all Projects on all hard drives in the lower half.
Check boxes indicate which Events and Projects are active.
As you can see, all the Events displayed in Event Manager X are also displayed inside FCP X.
But here is where Event Manager X shines. Let’s say you don’t want the client for the Pond5 clips seeing the Vint Cerf footage.
Simply switch back to Event Manager and uncheck all the Events or Projects you want to hide.
Click the Move Events and Projects button and, quickly, behind the scenes, Event Manager X moves all those files into a different folder, thereby hiding it from FCP X. Files are NOT deleted, only moved.
The only annoying part of this process is that in order for FCP X to learn that media has been moved is to restart the application. Event Manager X handles this restart for you automatically.
For instance, notice that in the screen shot above the Vint Cerf event is no longer listed in the Event Library of the 2nd Drive.
What’s even more helpful is that when you move a hard disk off-line, Event Manager X instantly displays all off-line hard disks, Events, and Projects in red. This allows you to store Events and Projects on multiple drives, yet keep track of where everything is.
It could be argued that Apple should have made it easy to manage media and projects inside Final Cut Pro X. While true, Event Manager X handles media management for Final Cut Pro X simply and elegantly.
I can’t imagine editing in Final Cut Pro X without it.