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Setting location for saved projects
Setting location for saved projects
by Bruce Gaber on Jan 21, 2018 at 3:31:14 pm

I realize this is an incredibly naive question, but I just can't figure it out. Where, exactly, are my project saves going? I'd like to be able to put them in my main project folders along with other media. But when I do a "save as", unlike virtually every program I've ever used on a Mac, there is no opportunity to set a destination folder. I tried to set this up in preferences System>media storage, but that doesn't seem to work. Projects settings does not seem to have an option to select the destination for saves. I seem to be missing something very fundamental here.

Thanks as always

Bruce

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Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Tero Ahlfors on Jan 21, 2018 at 3:39:52 pm

Your projects are saved in the database you created the first time you started Resolve. If you want to make a file from your project you can right click the project on the welcome screen and export it.


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Bruce Gaber on Jan 21, 2018 at 3:50:44 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Marc Wielage on Jan 23, 2018 at 2:37:05 am

[Bruce Gaber] "Where, exactly, are my project saves going? I'd like to be able to put them in my main project folders along with other media. But when I do a "save as", unlike virtually every program I've ever used on a Mac, there is no opportunity to set a destination folder."
You can do this if you EXPORT the project as a DRP, and it will give you a traditional OS destination drive/folder window. I try to export a backup project every single day when I finish (or, if it's a long day, in the middle of a day at a meal break). It's extremely rare that I ever need the backups, but they're nice to have for that 1 out of 100 situation where a hard drive goes south or something.


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Shamil Erfanian on Sep 22, 2019 at 7:59:43 pm

It's not a naive question, it's a dbase design that makes little sense for the average users (and this this is not clear when Davnici saves projects-- software doesn't communicate this at all with the user and assumes a lot of things, keeping the user in the dark until later), who aren't running 50 network tv shows at the same time. BM needs to create a "small guy" options, and not think everyone will need their database system.

If the database gets corrupted, without back up, that's the end of our projects.

BM wants to compete with Avid, another database driven standard, and can't bring itself to think that the customer base for their stuff is in the Adobe crowd, not the studio system with vast and deep IT infrastructure.

Who am I to say. I am just ignorant of the process of a big budget films.


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Michael Gissing on Sep 22, 2019 at 10:51:26 pm

[Shamil Erfanian] "(and this this is not clear when Davnici saves projects-- software doesn't communicate this at all with the user and assumes a lot of things, keeping the user in the dark until later), who aren't running 50 network tv shows at the same time. BM needs to create a "small guy" options, and not think everyone will need their database system."

I'm a small operator but I had no problem understanding the methodology of saving projects as part of a database. The database is a historical inheritance so don't expect BM to think about changing it.

As an operator it is possible for you to create a database per project if you want. You can easily backup your database and individual projects. Personally I find it easy to work with and it's nice to be able to backup multiple projects in one operation. It was very useful when I decided to have an install of both Version 15 and 16beta a few months ago. BM are not leaving you in the dark unless you think reading the manual or learning about software is not for the "small guy".


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Marc Wielage on Sep 22, 2019 at 11:25:54 pm

[Shamil Erfanian] "It's not a naive question, it's a dbase design that makes little sense for the average users (and this this is not clear when Davnici saves projects..."
Actually, it's all explained in Chapter 2 of the manual starting on p. 97: Managing Projects and Databases. That's an important chapter to read. In fact, reading the whole manual is a great idea for new users... all 3000 pages of it. Tutorials are good, too. So are the free books available on Blackmagic's Training site.


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Stanislaw Zarychta on Mar 27, 2020 at 10:24:03 pm

I found my project inside this ridiculously hidden folder:

C:\Users\(YOUR_USERNAME)\AppData\Roaming\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\Resolve Disk Database\Resolve Projects\Users\guest\Projects

It's in ".db" format so I'll probably want to export it from DaVinci as a backup also.


Re: Setting location for saved projects
by Marc Wielage on Mar 28, 2020 at 1:24:15 am

[Stanislaw Zarychta] "I found my project inside this ridiculously hidden folder:"
That's where it's supposed to be.

Don't try to copy this manually. The right way to backup a Resolve database is to use the utility within the Project Database itself. Again, if you read the manual on the pages I noted above, all is explained.





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