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Should I Backup Camera Cards?

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ksensenig Calculating status...
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Jun 5, 2012 10:15 AM

Every time I come back from a shoot, I always archive the footage from my card to my hard drive, but then when I import into Final Cut X, it copies all of my original files and converts them into a folder called "Original Media" using filename (id).mov. Then, if I want to optimize the footage, FCX makes yet another copy of the footage. This is taking up a lot of space on my hard drive, and usually I just delete the FCX files once I’m done with the project, but now what happens when I want to work with those events again? Is there a way to reconnect the missing files with my original archived footage on my hard drive?


Is it worth it to continue making straight backups of my cards? Or should I just import to FCPX straight from the card and use the "Original Media" folder as my backup? Can I trash the transcoded ProRes 422 media files when I'm done editing the project, assuming I can recreate them if I ever revisit it?


Also, does anyone have better alternatives to backing up thier work other than Excluding all the "Render" and "Transcoded Media" folder from Time Machine manually? This is very annoying and time consuming.


In FCP 7 all of this was very easy, but that has unfortunately changed in this version. Any help is appreciated.



Mac Pro 8-core, 8TB storage, 12GB ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Jun 5, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to ksensenig)

    There is no one workflow fits all productions or situations. Some general rules of thumb. It's always best to make separate archives of your cards on a separate drive, either using the FCP archive function or Disk Utility or simply make a folder folder each card.


    If you use one event for one production, when you're done with the production, you can back up the event and its asociated projects to a separate drive. Throw away the ProRes files and the any render and thumbnail files for the events and for the project. You can trash the render files from inside FCP or manually from the backup drive. The simplest way is to select the project you want to back up and duplicate it to your archive drive with the used event but without the render files. I'd still manually clean out the projects and events after FCP duplicated it.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Jun 5, 2012 1:25 PM (in response to ksensenig)

    1 and 4 already work. 2 may not, which is a limitation of Time Machine. You may want to look at Carbon Copy Cloner as an alternative. 3 can be done by manually deleting the files.


    If you have feature requests you should post them to feedback.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
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    Jun 6, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to ksensenig)

    What do you have the browser? You should still have the clips with the keywords, favorites, and markers on them even if they're offline, then you can use the import from camera function and it will relink the clips. If you have optimize on import as a preference ProRes files will be created.


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