7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 4:20 AM by somanna
WilliamL Level 3 (590 points)

I have read several questions/answers about these folders but I am still somewhat confused.  In my "Final Cut Projects" folder there is a subfolder "Render Files."  Inside this folder is the "High Quality Media" folder.  Inside this folder are many many folders all with one file inside - an info.plist.  Each one is in the kilo-byte range, but all total about 1.45 giga-bytes!


Inside the "Final Cut Events" folder are folders for each event I have.  Inside this folder is the "Transcoded Media" folder. Inside this folder is the "High Quality Media" folder.  Inside this folder are "duplicates" of files (movies) that are already on the hard drive in another folder I call "Media."


I am working with four different cameras- GoPro, Panasonic AVCHD movie, iPhone 4S, Kokak sport camera; and three different formats - .jpg, AVCHD, and H.264.  The only files "Transcoded Media" are from the GoPro in movie mode, and the Kodak movie camera.  In my original "Media" folder the GoPro is .MP4 and the Kodak is .MOV and both are H.264.  Transcoded they are all .MOV and ProRes 422.


Short story long, my hard drive is "full."  Is there anything I can do short of buying a bigger external drive?


My machine is a MacPro 4.1 with OS 10.8. 



Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz 8-core, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Radeon 5770
  • somanna Level 1 (110 points)

    if your work is important and to be recalled in the future, you need to go for a new drive for sure. You have so many cameras and so much more footage to deal with and it is best that you go for a new drive, and, in a very little while you will realise that you would need a further drive!


    William, I would like to know what your video needs are and what is the importance of your works...are they of a disposable variety or are they of archival quality? Such background information would help you in getting informed answers.

    Take care and have a nice day!

  • WilliamL Level 3 (590 points)

    My work is just vacation shots of tres amigos in Yellowstone.  We went last year too, so I have footage from that. 


    From last year, if I were to put all the folders that contain data from the raw media, to edited film, to Compressor output, to final DVD output, I am sure it is 2 or 3 tera-bytes worth. If the final DVD went bad would I want to re-create it - I don't know.  Would I want to re-edit it in the future - again I don't know. 


    A quick search of retailers put that size external disk in the $150 to $250 range.  So maybe my "real" question is: if I want to archive my project, and move it off my working drives, what do I absolutely have to have and what can I toss?



  • somanna Level 1 (110 points)

    If you are not really interested to pursue video editing in future, my humble suggestion is this: why not hand over this onorous job to a professional video editor? You would be saving up on time and money and [mental] energy!


    If I am offending you with this sort of answer, please forgive me.


    If you are keen to do the whole thing yourself, and your ultimate goal is to have DVDs of your footage, then here are some thoughts of a novice to this field


    Go for a 500GB FW hard drive and use it mainly as a 'scratch drive'. I understood from your posts that you are not doing multicam and if I am wrong, then stop reading this reply any further.


    Import footage from your cameras' footage, not at one go, but camera after camera.


    Bring in your GoPro footage first, edit it to become a beautiful video, and export it to be a QT movie, say H264, 720; You can choose your external drive itself to be the destination for that movie. Burn a DVD of that movie and find out whether it is "good". If you are thoroughly satisfied, then you can trash the relevant event and project. Repeat this procedure for the rest of your cameras...and you will have the best of your footage in DVD which you can show to your greatgrandchildren!



  • WilliamL Level 3 (590 points)

    No offense taken.  I do this as a hobby (becuase I am retired.)


    Since I have morphed my original question into something else, perhaps I should post my query as a new question.


    I think I answered my old question about "High Quality Media".


    Thanks for responding.

  • somanna Level 1 (110 points)

    Hello William,


    I was very foolish to respond at the first instance. I had done so because I had not even noticed that you are at a very higher level [level 3] than I am!


    Well, enjoy your 'hobby'.


    Have a great day.

  • innocentius Level 4 (1,880 points)

    The level says little about the skills in FCPX. You gather points in all Apple Forums.

  • somanna Level 1 (110 points)

    Hello Innocentius!


    Glad to see you after a long time! Hope all is well with you. I would love you to see this latest video I have done: