9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2011 10:55 AM by braintoniq
braintoniq Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

I'm new to FCP X. How do I set the location of my scratch disk?


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  • 1. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    bobbyco57 Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    You don't set a scratch disk. FCPX will create the render and other temp files needed during editing on the volume you chose, in the Events and Project folders on that volume.

  • 2. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    braintoniq Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Gotcha, I think. So if I quit FCP, move the Events to the disk I want to be writing from (that has a ton of open space), will FCP find those Events when I restart? Or will moving them mess anything up.

  • 3. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    bobbyco57 Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    STOP!! Read this carefully

    NEVER move Events or Projects from the Finder.

    You must always use FCPX to move Events and Projects. If you use the Finder, you'll break the links between the Projects and related Events.

  • 4. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,825 points)

    Right-click any Event or Project and use the Duplicate command, it will allow you to pick which drive to dup it to.  Once done, and you verify the new duplicates are fine and not corrupted, right-click the original Event or Project and "Move To Trash".

     

    If you Duplicate a Project, it also gives you the option of duplicating the associated Events, too, which can make things easier.

  • 5. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    braintoniq Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    BenB, if I right-click on the Events in the event panel (see Screen Shot), I don't see Duplicate. I do see the Move to Trash. I'm running FCP X 10.0.1.

     

    I definitely want to move the event like bobbyco57 says, but I'm still not sure how.

     

    Screen Shot 2011-11-16 at 10.42.25 AM.jpg

  • 6. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,220 points)

    Select the Event and use File>Duplicate Cmd-D or Move Event as needed. I would always use Duplicate. You can always trash the original if the duplicate copied correctly.

  • 7. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    braintoniq Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks, Tom! Found both options there (see Screen Shot).

     

    Weirdly, though, if I now try and select any of the Events now located in my other hard drive, they do show up in the Film Strip area (to the right of the Event Library), but none of these Events show up in the Time Line window (lower section). The only one that continues to show up in the Time Line window are the Events still located in the startup drive.

     

    Is there a way to get those Events now in the other HD to show up in the Time Line window?

     

    Screen Shot 2011-11-17 at 10.26.39 AM.jpg

  • 8. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,220 points)

    The lower portion of the screen, the timeline area, does not contain any events. It only displays projects.

  • 9. Re: Where do I set the scratch disk in FCP X?
    braintoniq Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks, Tom.

     

    Ok, I think I just figured out something: I wanted to move Projects to the external drive. I was, in fact, moving Events. I discovered the "Show Project Library" icon in the very lower left corner. Once opened, that showed all the drives and where each Project was located. With that window open, the File menu options change to "Move *Projects* (which don't show up in the Events Library window hierarchy.

     

    When I check the external drive, I now see 2 separate folders:

    1. Final Cut Events

    2. Final Cut Projects

     

    I'm catching on. Thanks for this help.