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Ray Sherman
What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 6, 2016 at 3:11:17 pm
Last Edited By Ray Sherman on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:27:55 pm

Hi, I would like to know the best way to save a project on a scratch drive and backup hard drive to save space? For example; Let’s say I'm editing a project that is about an hour long transcoded to Optimized ProRes 422 from 1080 or 4K. In this project I have done some color correction, effects, pictures, Chroma keying, transitions and music in either 1080 or 4K. So now I have a very large project/file to save which brings me to the following questions;
1) Can I save hard drive space by transcoding the project to Proxy ProRes, XML, etc.?
2) If I did save (as stated in #1) would I lose all my corrections made from the Optimized ProRes editing process? If not, would I be right to assume the project could then be re-transcoded to Optimized ProRes 422 without any loss to my edited project?
Any comments/tips would be most appreciated. Thanks, Ray


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John Rofrano
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 7, 2016 at 4:13:28 am

[Ray Sherman] "I would like to know the best way to save a project on a scratch drive and backup hard drive to save disc space?"
The best way would be to create a new Library on the backup drive. Then drop the Project into a new Event in that Library. Finally, select the Library and in the Inspector use the Consolidate button to copy all of the media required by that project out to the new Library. This will ensure that everything you need for that project is copied into the backup drive.

~jr

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Ray Sherman
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:26:11 pm
Last Edited By Ray Sherman on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:31:00 pm

[John Rofrano] "select the Library and in the Inspector use the Consolidate button to copy all of the media required by that project out to the new Library."

Hi John, Thanks for the great info. Making a new library and consolidating the project to my backup drive looks like a great way to go. Please correct me if I'm wrong; By doing this, I now could delete that same project from my FCPX scratch drive to free up space? Also, when I consolidate should I transcode/format the project the way I want it for final output? As you can see, I have a lot to learn about this part of media management..... You have been a great help for me and I sincerly appreciate it. As always, thanks for all your help.


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John Rofrano
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 7, 2016 at 6:10:23 pm

[Ray Sherman] "Please correct me if I'm wrong; By doing this, I now could delete that same project from my FCPX scratch drive to free up space?"
Yes. This will create a complete copy of the project and all of it's media. You could now edit the project on the external drive. I work like this most of the time (with Libraries completely on external drives). It lets me bounce between editing on by Mac Pro and MacBook Pro very easily.
[Ray Sherman] "Also, when I consolidate should I transcode/format the project the way I want it for final output?"
Consolidate will ask you what media you want to copy (Original, Optimized, and/or Proxy). If you don't want or need the optimized or poxy media, you can just consolidate the original media and then build whatever optimized or proxy you want after that as needed. So if you now have optimized media and you just want proxies, only consolidate the original media and then create just the proxies later.
[Ray Sherman] "As you can see, I have a lot to learn about this part of media management"
I can *highly* recommend Ripple Training's Media Management in Final Cut Pro X. It will be the best $49 USD you ever spent on training. They cover all sorts of scenarios and how to best manage your media.
[Ray Sherman] "You have been a great help for me and I sincerly appreciate it. As always, thanks for all your help."
You are very welcome. Glad I could help. :-)

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Ray Sherman
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:57:21 pm

[John Rofrano] "I can *highly* recommend Ripple Training's Media Management in Final Cut Pro X. It will be the best $49 USD you ever spent on training. They cover all sorts of scenarios and how to best manage your media."

I totally agree..... I plan on purchasing Ripples FCPX and Motion training bundles which include Media Management. I have looked at many of Steve & Marks free training videos as well as their MacBreak Studio videos. Like you, they are top notch speakers and trainers. Once again John, thanks for your expertise. Ray


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John Rofrano
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:59:28 pm

[Ray Sherman] "Like you, they are top notch speakers and trainers. Once again John, thanks for your expertise. "
Thank you for the compliment. ;-) You are very welcome Ray.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Ray Sherman
Re: What’s the Best Way to Save/Backup a Project in FCPX?
on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:02:20 pm
Last Edited By Ray Sherman on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:32:32 pm

[Noah Kadner] "http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/finalcutlibrarymanager/"

Hi Noah, Thanks for the link..... This app appears to be a great organizational tool along with a great price. I will definately look further into it. As always, thanks for the help, Ray


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