This morning I got an email from Keri, a reader, asking a question about FCP. Here is what she asked…
I just bought an external hard drive for my Mac… And in Final Cut Pro, I made sure to change where the files are saved… My question is, how do I work with my external hard drive effectively? For example, if my clips are on the hard drive, wouldn’t i need to pull them over into final cut pro which is on my computer hard drive? I apologize about not knowing more, but I understand the fact that the external hard drive will give me more space… Can you give me the basics of having an external hard drive and how you can work with projects with more video… Thanks!
Keri, if you have already chosen the external hard drive as the source for where the files are to be stored then you know more about FCP than you think you do. Leave the files where they are, the software will take care of it. That’s how easy it is to work with an external hard drive with FCP. The only thing you have to remember is to leave your hard drive plugged in and turned on while you’re working on your project.
You can select where you want to store your files, click on Final Cut Pro on the top menu and select System Settings
Another thing to be careful about is moving projects from hard drive to hard drive. It will confuse the software. For Instance, if you import a photo from your desktop into FCP and you save your project and close FCP, it will remember where that photo came from. If you move that photo into a folder to clean up your desktop and you open your project in FCP, it will ask you to reconnect the media. Which is simple just find the folder you moved it into and click reconnect.
So if you move a project that is currently on your MAC HD to the external HD or vice versa. You will have a mess on your hands. If you want to move a project your working on from your MAC HD to the external HD select from the File menu—>Media Manager.
Once in the Media Manager make sure it looks exactly like the image below, in order to move your project from your MAC HD to the external HD. Under Media Destination, click the Browse button and select your external HD and create a new folder where you want your current project to be saved. After it finishes that process you will have your current project saved to your external HD.
This is an advanced process and should only do it by following the manual that came with FCP or select from the Help menu and select FCP manual. Search for Media Manager and follow the guidelines carefully.
I’m an advance editor with Final Cut Pro and enjoy helping people with questions about the software. I also know that there is a lot to this program that I need to learn and I am open to expert advice on this blog from fellow FCP users.
Thanks for the question Keri, I hope I didn’t complicate things.