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Shane Ross
Re: FCP Archiving & Data storage
on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:29:07 pm

[Andrew Johnstone] "The other question I suppose is 'is there any need to keep the P2 master files if all content is ingested into FCP as Pro Res"?"

Yes. Those are the "master tapes." The camera masters. Did you capture your tape footage and then toss the tapes? I hope not. Those are what you archive....those are what you save. In terms of the tapeless media, first off, it takes up less space than the converted ProRes files, so you don't need as many hard drives to store them. Second, who knows what NLE you might be using in the future, and if it is compatible with QT media.

[Andrew Johnstone] "If both my scratch disk and rushes archive are backed up, then I effectively have 4 copies of the material..."

Good. First off, have your camera masters on two drives do die, it's just a matter of time. But then you have your MEDIA drive that you use to edit. Now, you won't keep your footage on there forever, you erase it when you are done with that project to make way for the next one. So it's good to have the camera masters backed up. I wouldn't back up the media drive...have two copies of that. But I do Media Manage the final cut to a drive, so I have the project and final sequence with only the media used in that sequence.

[Andrew Johnstone] "I have always assumed that retaining master (ie original format files - in my case P2) was 'best practice"."

It is.

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