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Niklas Wikman
Render files - now you see them, now you don't
on Feb 8, 2013 at 12:52:17 pm

I believe this is a topic well known to you FCP guys.


I have a number of projects that resides on one project disk.


As long as the disk is connected to the same computer, it all seems intact. But sure, every now and then I can close the project and when I re-open (the next day or so) my render files are lost.


And they are sure lost when I move the disk to another computer. (Sure, I have set the Scratch disk in System Settings, even prior to opening the project).


Do you guys have any idea why this is happening? It's quite tedious having to re-render all the time...


Any tips/suggestions/solutions are greatly appreciated!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Render files - now you see them, now you don't
on Feb 8, 2013 at 11:17:05 pm

[Niklas Wikman] "And they are sure lost when I move the disk to another computer. (Sure, I have set the Scratch disk in System Settings, even prior to opening the project)."

The scratch disk isn't necessarily the same as the disk with your render files. How do you have it set up?

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


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Niklas Wikman
Re: nder files - now you see them, now you don't
on Feb 9, 2013 at 12:25:00 pm

I have all the "items" set to the (root) disk.

The media files never gets lost, only the render files.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: nder files - now you see them, now you don't
on Feb 9, 2013 at 8:50:40 pm

This means that when you go to this disk, you can read the render files, correct? If the answer is "no", you don't have it set up properly.

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


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Niklas Wikman
Re: nder files - now you see them, now you don't
on Feb 11, 2013 at 7:31:44 am

Hi David,

Every time I launch FCP and have changed the project disk, I set the scratch disk to the root folder of the project disk.

In FCP, the root of the disk is set for the following items:

Video capture
Audio capture
Audio render
Video Render

My project disks are mostly formatted as Mac OS Extended, non-journaled.

When using the disk and rendering, I do see the render files, located in /Audio render files/project name and /Render files/project name

Sometime, when moving a disk from one computer to another, FCP complains about missing render files. Then I check, and the render folders are there, but they are empty. Not sure why this happens.

But mostly, the render files are there, but when doing a search/locate, FCP seems to be looking for other file names than the existing render files.

What can I do further to solve this?



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