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Andrew Johnstone
FCP Archiving & Data storage
on Sep 22, 2013 at 3:26:47 pm

In am interested in finding out about people's workflows for archiving old FCP projects.

Do you keep rushes on you scratch disks indefinitely or do you archive old projects from time to time? I have a dual raid for rushes (full and needs to be upgraded) and a 3TB working project/scratch disk (which should also be backed up to a USB disk).

The issue is that the archives just keep growing and if your out shooting every week, growing fast! What are the best solutions for archiving old projects? I have never had much success in FCP with the media manager which does in theory allow you to archive only those elements of a project that you have used, so my solution to date has been to duplicate/export the entire project to another storage raid (also now full).

It seems that the only solution thus far is to keep buying more disks for storage, but a) this is expensive and b) they may fail c) I only have so much shelf space. An *TB raid here in the UK is about £500 or $750 - gulp.

I am tempted to find a local data specialist near my office, but then accessing old stock images when I need them could be a pain. Should I just invest in a load of cheap USB drives and hope they don't ever fail? Access to cloud storage (ie something like AFrame here in the UK) is expensive and requires super fast broadband upload, so it is not really an option. What are other people doing to manage their growing digital archives, short of hiring a whole IT unit...?

Andy Johnstone
Wild Dog Limited
film & multimedia production

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