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No "Save as" option in FCP X?

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megapixeldave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 21, 2011 3:11 PM

is there no way to actual do a "Save" or "Save as"? it seems not. does this mean that everytime i want to just go into a session (Event) and just play around but "NOT SAVE" or more specifically not "OVERWRITE" my session...now FCPX will not give me the choice and "SAVE" it AUTOMATICALLY?

 

according to the FCP X manual it seesm so...

 

""Final Cut Pro automatically saves all the changes you make as you work on a project, which means you never have to save changes manually. Also, you can undo all of your changes up to the last time you quit and reopened Final Cut Pro by choosing Edit > Undo (or pressing Command-Z)."

 

Apple thinks they are helping me by saving for me "automatically"?

 

APPLE FIX THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! you have got to be kidding...really!

 

david

  • Doug Stringham Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:22 PM (in response to megapixeldave)

    Indeed... this is a major flaw.

  • Cory Bauer Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:23 PM (in response to Doug Stringham)

    To be fair, the whole program's a major flaw.

  • Doug Stringham Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:24 PM (in response to Cory Bauer)

    I don't know about the entire program. There are lots of editing features that are great. But all of the core essentials for workflow in a pro environment are completely AWOL.

  • Anthony J Howe Level 4 Level 4 (1,070 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:27 PM (in response to megapixeldave)

    You are right David, there is no facility to 'save as' as FCP X saves automatically, even if FCP X crashes to the desktop, your project is saved so that when you open again it's the same as you left it. This is now becoming the norm, as Lion features this in many applications, the save feature is known as versions.

  • Rick Lang Level 4 Level 4 (1,230 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:53 PM (in response to megapixeldave)

    megapixeldave wrote:

     

    is there no way to actual do a "Save" or "Save as"? it seems not. does this mean that everytime i want to just go into a session (Event) and just play around but "NOT SAVE" or more specifically not "OVERWRITE" my session...now FCPX will not give me the choice and "SAVE" it AUTOMATICALLY?

    David, there may be a way to achieve the result you (and others) desire by using the Backup feature within Final Cut Pro X.  Essentially you duplicate the project on your backup device and then you could play around with the project to your heart’s content.  When you are finished playing and want to discard the changes that were automatically saved, you would replace that version with your last backup.

     

    Here’s an excerpt from the online manual:

    “Back up projects, your Project Library, and Events

    Backing up your individual projects, your Project Library, and Events should be an essential part of your workflow. Some people back up daily or weekly; others back up when a project is complete. It is suggested that you back up to an external storage device (not to your local computer).

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    Back up your project in Final Cut Pro

    1. Connect an external storage device large enough to hold your project and media files and verify that the device appears in the Finder.
    2. Control-click your project in the Project Library, and choose Duplicate Project from the shortcut menu.
    3. In the window that appears, choose your external storage device from the Location pop-up menu.
    4. Select an option to specify what is duplicated:
      • Duplicate Project Only: Duplicates files specific to the project you selected. You may want to choose this option if you use the same clips in multiple projects and plan to back up your Events separately (perhaps in your backup copy of your entire Project Library and Events).
      • Duplicate Project and Referenced Events: Duplicates the project and any Events referred to by the project. Selecting this option includes all of the media in the referenced Events. You may want to choose this option if you want to have the unused media available to use later.
      • Duplicate Project + Used Clips Only: Duplicates the project and the media for any clips used in the project. This is a good option for most backup copies. When you choose this option, provide a name for the new Event that is created."
  • Doug Stringham Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:56 PM (in response to Rick Lang)

    That's a helluvalotta work compared to simply doing a "Save As... " version

     

    We do that all the time. I need to start a major revision on a project... what do I do? I simply do a Save As... and save it as a v2 or something... open up v2 and I'm good to go... v1 is still intact and easily found. I don't want to be scrolling through a bazillion autosaves to find that golden moment where it was a week ago after a few hundred autosaves.

  • Doug Stringham Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:57 PM (in response to megapixeldave)

    This is more or less iMovie Pro.......

  • Brian Peat Level 6 Level 6 (18,205 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:58 PM (in response to Doug Stringham)

    Is there a way to simply dupe the project in FCPX? I haven't downloaded it yet so I can't check.

  • Daniel Gourley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:05 PM (in response to Brian Peat)

    Yes, you can simply right-click and duplicate the project in final cut X.  This is a non-issue.

  • Rick Lang Level 4 Level 4 (1,230 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:19 PM (in response to Brian Peat)

    Brian Peat wrote:

    Is there a way to simply dupe the project in FCPX? I haven't downloaded it yet so I can't check.

    Assuming you want the duplicated project to be in the same Library folders as the original projects, using the Finder, it looks like you would need to copy the Project and Event within their respective folders.  And then rename them a bit so you know which one you are going to change.

  • Studio Engineer Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:38 PM (in response to Cory Bauer)

    Now all you FCP users know what Logic users have been going thru since Apple got its hands on that once highly professional application.

     

    I feel for you.

     

    Still, just to keep it fair... Perhaps, try to spend a little more than one day with the app before regarding it as crippled. Not saying it isn't but sometimes new apps tend to do the same only much more easy than the old version.

     

    Be that as it may, FCP was professional but as history proves (yet again) Apple is slowly killing all its professional apps. Logic, Shake, Aperture, FCP etc

  • Doug Stringham Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:51 PM (in response to Studio Engineer)

    Waiting a few days isn't going to magically give us the ability to edit to tape... or import XML's. ;-)

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