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Ray Sherman
Archiving Media?
on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:29:20 pm

Hi, Newbe to FCPX coming from Sony Vegas Pro. I'm going to import video from my SD card and create an Archive. Upon doing so, I would like to delete and/or trime clips some clips to save storage space prior to archiving. I can't figure out how to do this. Is there a way? Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks, Ray


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Archiving Media?
on Dec 25, 2016 at 7:51:35 pm

Going to a camera archive? No. That's literally just a copy of whatever's on your camera card.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Archiving Media?
on Dec 25, 2016 at 10:49:33 pm

I usually just buy cheap drives. 1 TB is dirt cheap these days.

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Sam Lee
Re: Archiving Media?
on Dec 26, 2016 at 4:04:05 pm

The time it takes you to do this will exceed the storage space cost. 12-14 Gb capacity hdd will be out in a few months. 8 Tb are now within $180 range. I got mine about $150 on last month's Black Friday for a 8 Tb hdd from Seagate. Unless you're shooting all in cinema raw with very large file size or high 240 fps, I don't see any real measurable benefits.


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Ray Sherman
Re: Archiving Media?
on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:11:00 pm

Thanks to all for the great tips and advice. I do realize that archiving from a SD card is bit for bit keeping the entire folder intact. I'm archiving simply for having a backup of my original media and for pointing at it for editing. I simply wanted to delete some clips as needed within the archive process instead of doing it in camera first. I now realize that deleting clips during archiving isn't possible within FCPX unless a Library is used. I'm not ready to start editing at this time, I just want to dump my media for now. I always back up to external drive/s and never on the OS drive. I keep my OS drive for software, plugins, etc., never media. I plan on using a Pegasus thunderbolt 3 in either a 6 or 8 drive array in RAID 5. Thanks again for all your help. Ray


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Fred Turner
Re: Archiving Media?
on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:08:45 am

You can make and use new FCP libraries specifically for these SD card archives. There's not a whole lot of difference between FCPX's media archive and clips in an event inside a library. Just go to the library or archive in the Finder, right-click, and choose to view the package contents. I was going to try using archives, but for the very reason you are asking your question, I started manually archiving event folders from libraries myself. Here's what I've been doing:

1. Connect up the source (usually in my case, a Sony AVCHD camcorder)
2. Select a range of clips from a particular activity/project (lots of kid/family stuff for me)
3. Import into a new event, named something like "2016.10.28 Jason Football vs. Grayson"
4. View the clips as a list, going through each one and deleting the ones I didn't want to archive
5. After culling, go to the Library in the Finder, then "view package contents"
6. Grab the folder "2016.10.28 Jason Football..." and copy it to where I wanted to archive
7. Later, if I want to import this stuff and actually edit it, I point FCPX to the folder on my archive drive and import again

HTH,
Fred


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Ray Sherman
Re: Archiving Media?
on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:23:49 pm

Thanks Fred!! What a great work around! I copied your process and will use it. Also, thanks to all of you for helping out this newbe. I sincerely appreciate it. Ray


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