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Fermin Gaekel
Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 12, 2014 at 10:08:38 am

So I have finished working on a project on FCP and usually I do keep the projects for a while in my hard drive. I'm using Final Cup Pro 10.1.3 and unlike the previous version, I can't see my hard drive in the panel, all I see is the Macintosh HD's Projects and Events. I decided to go after that to try to copy and paste the event into my hard drive but the library is just an icon thing and not like a usual folder now.
How can I save my finished project into my hard drive so I don't overload with data and space the computers hard disk?
Thanks in advance!

Herberth!.


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John Rofrano
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 12, 2014 at 12:31:39 pm

[Fermin Gaekel] "How can I save my finished project into my hard drive so I don't overload with data and space the computers hard disk?"
As you have seen, Libraries are self contained on your hard drive. You can actually look into them because they are really just folders (right-click | Show Package Contents), but you don't want to be messing about inside unless you know what you are doing. You can do all of your library management right from within FCP X.

From your description It sounds like you have all of your projects and events in a single library called "Macintosh HD's Projects and Events" which is the default. That's probably not the best approach. What you should get in the habit of doing is creating new Libraries for different purposes. Then you can easily archive them by simply dragging the library to an external hard drive.

For example, if you are shooting a TV show, you might have a Library called "My Show Season 1" with all of the shows for the first season. Then when it's time for the second season you create a new library called "My Show Season 2" and that becomes all of your current projects and you can move the Season 1 library to an archive drive simply by dragging and dropping it in the Finder. Alternatively you might want to create a new library for each client so that all of their projects and media are on one place. The trick is to find the right level of granularity for your workflow.

Currently I'm creating a new set of FCP X episodes on Boris Continuum Complete 9 for Boris TV and so I've created a Boris TV library on my hard drive and each Episode is an Event in that Library and those events contain the media and projects for that episode. This separates that work out from work I am doing for other clients.

If you are looking to move projects off of your main hard drive, what you might want to do is create a new Library on another hard drive. Then in FCP X select an Event that you no longer want on your internal hard drive and choose File | Move To Library to move that event to the new library which is now on another drive. Do this for each event that you want to move. Once all the events are in the new library, select that library and choose File | Consolidate Library Files.... This step is very important because it will make sure that all of the media that is needed gets copied into the new library making it self contained (otherwise you will just have symbolic links to the original media but not the media itself). This procedure will move your events (projects and media) to a new hard drive which could be an external drive for archiving.

Think of libraries as top level folders on your hard drive and create a new one anytime you would normally create a new folder to contain project files. You can have one library per project or many projects in a library. It all depends on how you want to partition your work. The important thing is to start using multiple Libraries to help you organize your work instead of placing everything in the "Macintosh HD's Projects and Events" library like you're doing now.

Hope that helps,

~jr

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Fermin Gaekel
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 13, 2014 at 10:08:29 am

Hello John!

Thanks a whole lot for taking the time and posting that specific and helpful answer to my situation! I will start creating different libraries now and save that on an external hard drive.
Thanks again.

All my best;

Fermin Gaekel.


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John Rofrano
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 13, 2014 at 12:00:55 pm

You're welcome Fermin. I'm glad that helped.

~jr

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Fermin Gaekel
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 13, 2014 at 1:43:37 pm

Hey John!

Everything is saved on my external now! Cheers!!!


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John Rofrano
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:38:45 pm

[Fermin Gaekel] "Everything is saved on my external now! Cheers!!!"
That's great! I'm glad it solved your problem. Cheers! ;-)

~jr

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http://www.vasst.com



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Eddie Cheaz
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Jan 18, 2015 at 6:33:07 pm

Is there any way to display the hard drive icons as in FCPX 10.0.9?


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John Rofrano
Re: Final Cut Pro 10.1.3
on Jan 18, 2015 at 7:19:33 pm

[Eddie Cheaz] "Is there any way to display the hard drive icons as in FCPX 10.0.9?"
No. There are no hard drives anymore. There are Libraries which live on hard drives but it's the libraries that are the highest level of the media hierarchy. When you create a library you get to decide what drive it's on but after that there is only the library which contain events that contain projects and clips.

~jr

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