you helped me a lot last year with your suggestion.
Until last FCPX upgrade to 10.1 I used to keep all my video files on one External HDD with only few Events and Projects in the default folders, while all the range of many Events and Projects not in use were in a "Hidden" folder.
To have a second copy it was easy to keep a second HDD as exact copy of the first one (fast copy with an App like TriBackup which only copies the changed files), and in this way I could work with some safety.
I upgraded to 10.1 and let the FCPX upgrade the Project and Events to Library and I did it on both HDD.
I undrstand Libraryes will work in a way similar to Aperture.
What is not jet clear to me are following points.
1) how can I understand if my files are Managed or External ?
2) if I work on HDD 1 will it be safe to copy tha changes to HDD2 ?
3) Is this suggestion still valid
Also, if you want to really get heavy...
or are you working on new tutorials ?
Thanks for your time Ben.
Pls consider that I use FCPX for home videos and only every 2-3 months, so my knowledge of it will never improve, and since I'm 67 I forget some of the tricks each time I go back to the App month later.
Let me give you a link to an article that may give you some tips.
1- Unfortunately there is no metadata field or indicator telling us if media is Managed or External. You'd have to right-click a clip in the Browser, and use Reveal In Finder. It will be inside of a Library, or somewhere else. But if you WANT them to all be Managed, select an Event for Library, and in the File menu, chose the "Consolidate Files" command. This copies any External media into the Library, making it Managed media. You can then delete your External media, save space.
2- You can copy Libraries in the Finder to your hearts content. You can even Duplicate a Library on the same drive. FCPX 10.1 doesn't care how many copies you have, if they're the same name or not, it just reads everything now.
3- I use Carbon Copy Cloner to create full drive backups. But if you only want to backup the databases, this is now built-in. Look at the settings for the Library auto backup in the Preferences.
Yes, there is a whole new video course I'm wrapping up this weekend for macProVideo, totally produced from scratch for FCPX 10.1. It is called, "Final Cut Pro X 204 - Media Management Toolbox".