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Bill Rabkin
FCPX Project Missing; system restarted during File > Share
on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:56:57 am

After I spent 2 solid days editing a multicam project, I selected File > Share > Master File to export a QuickTime movie. I left the room, and a minute or two later I heard the familiar "Mac Startup" chime. Sure enough, I returned immediately to my office and found my iMac restarting itself.

After I logged in, I launched FCPX (10.2.2). The FCPX Library in which I had been working opened. My event, media, and multicam clip are there...but NO PROJECT! In fact, since I had created just that one project in the only Event in this Library, the "Projects" heading does not even appear within this Event in the Browser (or within the Library itself). Smart Collections > Projects displays "No items match the search criteria for the selected Smart Collection." In Finder, the QuickTime movie (.mov) file does exist, but its length is zero bytes.

Of course, this is an hour-long, 3-camera project with a tight deadline. Unfortunately, I had not created any project snapshots or backups while editing.

I'd appreciate any suggestions about how to recover the missing project.


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Hamdani Milas
Re: FCPX Project Missing; system restarted during File > Share
on Nov 27, 2015 at 4:00:00 am

Try checking User/Movies/Final Cut Backups. In the folder named after the Library you've been working in you should find the automatic backups that FCPX generates. Work back until you find a version that includes the missing project. Hopefully.

Hamdani Milas
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Bill Rabkin
Re: FCPX Project Missing; system restarted during File > Share
on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:51:32 pm

Thanks very much! The lost project was in the most recent backup in User/Movies/Final Cut Backups/.

This time, when I Share the Master File I will watch my iMac to see if any error indications appear before it restarts :-).

Is there a way to specify how frequently I want FCPX to make a Library backup?


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