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Barnaby Winser
Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 28, 2014 at 8:36:59 pm

My Final Cut Pro X library is taking up 200GB of storage when I only have around 10GB of original media.

Why is this happening and how do I clear the space without re-installing the program?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 28, 2014 at 9:58:33 pm

Transcodes, renders, etc.

The more important question is, with hard drives at an all time low cost right now, why are you up against the storage wall?

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David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Barnaby Winser
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 28, 2014 at 10:22:30 pm

Why do I need to buy a new hard drive? Can't I just clear the space?


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Claude Lyneis
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 29, 2014 at 4:39:19 am

Look in the library and see what files are being generated. It is probably making some large optimized media files, that you may be able to work without. Check your import settings.


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John Rofrano
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 30, 2014 at 4:38:06 pm

[Barnaby Winser] "Can't I just clear the space?"
If you just want to clear the space, select your Library and choose File | Delete Generated Library Files... and check off the file types you want to delete. You can also do this at the Event level by selecting an Event and choosing File | Delete Generated Event Files....

Choosing to delete unused render files would be the first order of clean up with no ill effects. After that deleting all render files is safe since you can regenerate them if needed. Finally deleting optimized and proxy media would be the last resort to clean up space if it's really needed. That will cause your projects to use the original source media and get you back closer to your 10GB of original media.

~jr

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James Ewart
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 29, 2014 at 5:51:29 pm

The original media is highly compressed and FCPX makes the files more manageable to edit with.

buy more storage or try not optimising media but I find this slows the edit down quite a lot.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 29, 2014 at 5:58:48 pm

Did you optimize the media on import?


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Joe Marler
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 29, 2014 at 7:36:27 pm

IMO the easiest solution is using FCP Library Manager, which is a very cheap, simple-to-use utility: http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/finalcutlibrarymanager/

I have no relationship to the company, just a user.

There are various other utilities to track down space consumption. I personally like Araxis Folder Size Explorer: http://www.araxis.com/folder-size-explorer/


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Nick Toth
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 30, 2014 at 12:36:12 am

I was using Final Cut Library Manager but the most recent version seems to have some issues. In the past I was using X-Wiper but it hadn't been updated to work with the 10.1 Library format and I stopped using it. Since I was having trouble with FCLM I checked on X-Wiper recently and it's been updated and works fine on my systems. It's in the App Store.

anickt


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Bret Williams
Re: Final Cut Pro taking up so much space
on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:41:16 am

What issues you having with FCLM? Seems solid to me.


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