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Noam Osband
Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 7, 2016 at 3:58:31 pm

I'm finishing my final project on FCP 7.0.3 It's a 25 minute film with a lot of things that need rendering. All the time I render....close the project and eject the drive...and when I turn it on the next day, what I rendered is gone. I can see the render files existing in the render folder in my docs.....but I have the red line at the top of the sequence. Any thoughts?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:51:30 pm

Don't eject the drive.

No, really -- why are you putting render files on storage media that can be ejected? You aren't doing yourself any favors. Render files should go elsewhere.

And if you don't have the room on your main storage device or your startup drive, you need more storage.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Noam Osband
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:56:44 pm

The render files are on the same external drive as the rest of the project. Should I not do that?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 7, 2016 at 9:14:53 pm

I wouldn't. A lot of people have reported your render file problem when the file path has become disrupted.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Roger Poole
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 8, 2016 at 2:15:31 pm

From what I think you are saying, you are closing your project then ejecting your media drive? Although it is good practice to eject external media drives prior to shutdown, doing that when you've closed your project but FCP is still running could prove disastrous. When you quit FCP it does all it's internal housekeeping before it actually quits. So if it can't find the media drives it can't log the last used state.
Eject your media drives only when you have finished with FCP and/or shutting down your computer.


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Noam Osband
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 8, 2016 at 6:20:38 pm

I always shut down FCP completely before ejecting the drive. I mean, I can't eject the drive without shutting down FCP. I save the project, close FCP, and then eject the drive. I still am having this problem though. Thoughts?


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Roger Poole
Re: Render files are gone. Is there a solution?
on Jan 9, 2016 at 1:56:13 pm

You could try trashing your FCP preferences. There's a handy tool for doing this. Preference manager by digital rebellion.

https://www.digitalrebellion.com/prefman/


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