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Question: Native FCPX archive function - vs - copy of SD card contents

I have only just noticed the Archive function that is located within the Import window in FCPX.


I realise it has probably been there for years - but for some reason I never noticed it.


For purposes of backing up my raw footage I have simply been keeping a copy of the contents of every SD card I shoot.


My question is, should I simply carry on as before? Or are there advantages to using the native Archive function that FCPX offers?

iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), Mac OS X (10.1.x)

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Apr 20, 2018 7:35 AM in response to AppleBrianJones In response to AppleBrianJones

The advantage of the FCP archive is that it’s a closed bundle immediately recognizable by the application as camera content. It’s a secure container for the raw media and all the associated metadata the camera generates and stores on the card. Being closed is a problem if other applications need to access the content. There is no right answer, but I think for the majority of users FCP archives should be used.

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Apr 20, 2018 7:35 AM in response to AppleBrianJones In response to AppleBrianJones

The advantage of the FCP archive is that it’s a closed bundle immediately recognizable by the application as camera content. It’s a secure container for the raw media and all the associated metadata the camera generates and stores on the card. Being closed is a problem if other applications need to access the content. There is no right answer, but I think for the majority of users FCP archives should be used.

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