FCP Editing, what should I store on my external drive?

4 replies [Last post]
SonicOrbStudios
Offline
Joined: Nov 24 2010

I edit at school on projects that may require up to 2 months of work before finished. We don't store our data on an external backed up server however Final Cut Studio is installed on the first main drive and we have a 2TB Media Drive installed for all our data. It seems most of the new editors started on Avid and so they don't manually manage their data on the HDD while using Final Cut and so I want to try to keep most of it on my own personal drive.

We work with MiniDV tape and DVCPro so we can always refer to the tape and recapture if the original media is ever deleted however I'm sure that's not the only thing I need to back up and keep on my own personal external HDD.

So my question is, What should I copy onto my personal external HDD when working with and saving my school editing projects on Final Cut Studio?

Any other tips/suggestions are welcome

Thanks,
Dave

Dave

dominicwitherow
Offline
Joined: Apr 2 2006

If you are keeping the projects for your own use/reference, then I would recommend using Media Manager to copy the entire project to your external drive. That's the best way to guarantee that you have all the necessary elements to replicate your project elsewhere. Of course, it only copies what's in the project bins, so if you are using 3rd party files, like Motion projects that themselves link to external media, you must copy that media across too.

It's easy to test the integrity of the copy, just make your copy and then plug your external disk into the next computer or your own laptop etc and check that you have all the linked files in the project by opening it. Easy.
Dominic

foxvideo
foxvideo's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 9 1999

Agree with Dominic, Media Manager will do it. Many people have problems with MM but in all the years I've used I've never had a problem and it works every time. I use it regularly when working on several projects to keep backups on separate drives. Open your project as normal, connect your own personal drive, select the Sequence you want, run Media Manager, send it to your personal drive. Make sure you use COPY!

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

PaulD
Offline
Joined: Aug 31 2002

Hi
And make sure every item has the Reel number filled in correctly - and no clips called 'Untitled".

SonicOrbStudios
Offline
Joined: Nov 24 2010

Thanks guys, next time I am scheduled to edit, I'll look through the computer and figure out this Media Manager program.

PaulD - Yes we have codes for all our tapes/reels that we plug in when starting projects.
That's the best way to keep track if my media ever goes off line and I need to recapture it.

Dave