2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 8:34 AM by TimOBrien
TimOBrien Level 1 Level 1

Using FCE 4 on a Powerbook (with all data stored on a 2T ext. drive), I clicked "ok" to the prompt "An earlier version of this file exists, do you want to replace?" I now realize that the folders containing all media files were apparently only in this earlier version.  Although I have the video, all the media (clips, audio, stills) that the later version references are now red "Media off-line."  Since I didn't actually delete anything from the ext. hard drive, I assume the folders containing all this media are still there somewhere.  But I have been unable to locate them so I can't reconnect.  Reassembling all the source material would be a huge undertaking.  Is there anyway for me to find the earlier version of project?  Or even just the media folders it contains?  Thanks.

Final Cut Express, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6

    I clicked "ok" to the prompt "An earlier version of this file exists, do you want to replace?"


    This sounds like something you did in the Finder.  What exactly were you trying to do?  With what file(s)?


    The default location for FCE project files & related media files is /users/yourusername/Documents/Final Cut Express Documents.  All your FCE projects and clips will be located there unless you manually changed your FCE Scratch Disk location in FCE Preferences.


    In that folder there is a folder called Autosave Vault where you will find periodic backup copies of your FCE project files.  Pick the most recent backup copy of your project, copy the file & rename it, then open the renamed copy.  This should get you back to where you were before.


    Also in that folder there is a folder called Capture Scratch that by default contains your source media clips.  Look in there to find the files you need to reconnect.

  • TimOBrien Level 1 Level 1

    I was trying to make space by getting rid of earlier files that (I thought) had been made redundant by later versions.  When I realized that I had trashed the one that had all the media files -- which were apparently referenced but not copied and incorporated by the newer version I pulled what I had dumped out of the trash and put it back on the external hard drive.  That's when I got the prompt asking if I want to replace the earlier version.


    I followed the steps you outlined, but it still shows all media files as offline.


    Is there some way to simply search the external hard drive for the folder (which in the now MIA version is named "Elements") that I need that contains all these medai files?