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Bill Rabkin
How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 7, 2013 at 1:44:42 pm

Within "Final Cut Projects," I create a sub-folder for the projects related to a single show. I then create those new projects within the show's sub-folder. With several dozen individual projects on each external drive, this two-level folder hierarchy helps me keep things organized.

Sometimes, though, I forgot to select the show's sub-folder before I created a new project, so FCPX created that project right in the "Final Cut Projects" folder. I'd like to move the project into the appropriate sub-folder, but can't find a way to do that. (File > Move Project only lets me move it to the "Final Cut Projects" folder on a different drive, not to a sub-folder.)

Can I simply move the project folder to the appropriate sub-folder in Finder? Or will doing so cause FCPX to "lose" the project?

What's the best way to move a project into a sub-folder on the same external drive?


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Marco Feil
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 7, 2013 at 1:57:04 pm

Simply drag&drop in the Project Browser.
Moving the project folder via the Finder works also, but you have to close/reopen Final Cut for that.


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Bill Rabkin
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 7, 2013 at 6:25:56 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, but while the Project Browser lets me drag a project it does not let me drop it into the sub-folder (or, for that matter, anywhere else on the same drive).

Are you able to drag a project and then drop it into a sub-folder on the same drive?


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Bill Rabkin
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 7, 2013 at 7:29:26 pm

Correction: It turned out that the 2 projects that should have been in the last sub-folder were immediately below that sub-folder in the Project Browser, and FCPX did not let me drop the projects into that folder.

However, I discovered that if I first dragged the projects to another sub-folder (without letting go of the mouse) and then dragged them to the desired target folder, FCPX allowed me to drop them into that folder after all.

Seems a bit odd, but at least the 2 projects are now in the sub-folder where I want them to be.

Thanks again for the suggestion. Problem solved!


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David Eaks
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51:24 pm

In general, I'd avoid messing around in the "FCPX Projects" and "FCPX Events" folders in Finder. Create your folders in the FCPX Project Browser and move projects from within FCPX.

Also check out Event Manager X, $5. Very handy.


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Bill Rabkin
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 8, 2013 at 1:15:34 am

Indeed, Event Manager X is very handy -- I've used it for several months. Unfortunately, it doesn't handle sub-folder hierarchies in the "Final Cut Projects" folder. My external disk looks something like this:

My_USB_Drive
-Final Cut Projects
---Lectures
------January
---------Lecture #1
---------Lecture #2
------February
---------Lecture #3
---Concerts
------January
---------Piano Solo
---------Violin-Piano Duo
------February
---------Soprano

Event Manager X only displays the "Lectures" and "Concerts" folders:

My_USB_Drive
---Lectures (Folder)
---Concerts (Folder)

But I don't want to archive those folders, because I will be adding more sub-folders and projects to each of them as the year progresses.
In March, I want to archive Lectures/January and Concerts/January, but Event Manager X doesn't provide that opportunity. FCPX would let me move individual projects to an archive drive, but does not maintain the folder structure.


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Andreas Kiel
Re: How to move Project into sub-folder within Final Cut Projects?
on Jun 10, 2013 at 3:16:41 am

Bill,

You may try my public beta of X-Files.
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools/X-Files/

It does exactly what you described.
Read the rough manual before you start.

-Andreas

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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