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Anthony Gerace
Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:54:33 pm

I am trying to Transfer all my media from 2 other drives (Drive A and B). Final cut recognized drive A as my scratch disks. If I put every folder from drive A and B (P2 footage, flip cam footage, DSLR Footage) onto the new drive I want to work on, Drive C, can I reset the Scratch Disks for Drive C and have a painless transfer?

When I tried doing this earlier FCP kept looking for disconnected media on the Drive A and B when I had already brought everything over to Drive C.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 4:18:56 pm

When you set a new scratch disk, FCP regards it as the scratch disk no matter which project you open. Have you tried reconnecting the media in this project, then saving the project? Or definitely a copy of it?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jonan Grobler
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 4:20:35 pm

Nope, you're going to have to reconnect the media from drive B.


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Anthony Gerace
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 4:31:30 pm

Yeah, but after transferring and reconnecting everything, AND putting all media on drive C, THEN making drive C my scratch disks, will everything be good to go?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 5:24:31 pm

[Anthony Gerace] "...after transferring and reconnecting everything, AND putting all media on drive C, THEN making drive C my scratch disks, will everything be good to go?"

If you do it in the proper sequence, yes. But you don't have the proper sequence.

This is: Make the new drive the scratch disk. Transfer the media files to the new drive, and place them in the appropriate folder for the way you've set your scratch disk. Open the project. Reconnect the media. Save the project. Save a copy of the project.

After that, life should be good.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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matthew bradshaw
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 5:26:11 pm

It helps if you make the structure of the new drive identical so that the path to the media files is the same.
Matt.



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David Roth Weiss
Re: Transferring all media to another drive and working off of it? FCP 7
on Aug 25, 2011 at 5:36:08 pm

The "official" or "proper" way to move a project and all of it's media to another drive is to use the "copy function" of Media Manager. Relinking is completely unnecessary using MM, and it does what computers do best, i.e. rounding up everything that used in in of the bins and sequences you, the user, select.

Read the part of the manual deal with Media Manager first...


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