I have been working on a project for several weeks, but on booting up this morning i find the named project missing although all the other projects and event clips were there. I looked in the trash, I looked back over several days in Time Machine which backs up every hour, I searched in Finder under the project name. Nothing ! Yet everything else was there on a day by day basis. I find this totally weird as nothing else is missing, just all the many week's work in putting all this together. I can not recall doing anything untoward and have worked steadily on a repetitive process daily. How can something just vanish even in the external hard drive backup ? Does anyone have any suggestions ? I can obviously start the whole project again, but the weeks of work that went into it will be frustrating, and surely it must be somewhere.
I do thank you for your detailed replies and patience. I am learning a lot that just doesn't get discussed in books and I have to know where to where to look for it. I presume that it is really essential to import all video clips from the camera initially into the archive first and then import them from there into events. I tried this and noticed that after archiving, I still had the opportunity of selecting the clips i wanted in the same way as I am able to direct from the camera. Incidentally, whenever I connect my camera (Sony XR350VE) to my computer it always boots up and wants to import into iphoto, but this is a minor irritation I am used to now. I still don't know what AVF info, DCIM, Model CFC, IND (greyed out) and PRIVATE are in the archive. There is a whole lot of esoteric stuff isn't there ?..... The bit about FCP X freezing went over my head too ! Although I have had trouble myself trying to co-ordinate and "tickle" sound tracks, only to have to start again. I now understand the use of the drop-box. Actually i confused it with an existing "drop-box" application that I also have on my imac which didn't help. Anyway I have dragged some of my clips into imovie drop box which is the first move in cleaning up my filing system. Being of an acquisitive nature and a hoarder, hating to throw anything away in case I want it in the future, I have a dedicated external hard drive on which I am now placing a lot of the rubbish not being used in current projects to enable a bit more space on the Mac HD. Hopefully I should be able to virtually start again with a clean slate. I anticipate buying another desk top computer sometime this year, which is why I haven't updated to Mountain Lion, apart from the fact that several apps including my accounting programme would be lost... It depends how full the money box is. If you have the time to look at my further question about formats and file types, I should be very appreciative, as I am with everything you have advanced so far. Cheers Chris