Final Cut Pro 7 and Managing Tons of HD Footage

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by donm3ga, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. donm3ga macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I have a question. How do you manage many large clips when you edit your videos in FCP?

    I have about 80gigs left on my Macbook Pro, but I have about 100gigs of raw footage that needs to be edited. I tried putting them on an external hard drive and importing direct from there, but FCP doesn't even recognize that the hard drive is in there. It is FAT formatted and everything.

    I tried using FCP Media Manager but I don't know if I'm doing it right. Original raw footage is 30 minutes and 30gigs large. I took a 15 second snippet and it was an estimated 4gigs. The math just doesn't add up here.

    Is there a better way to manage my situation?

    Many thanks.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If FCP has to access it, the external HDD has to be formatted with "Mac OS Extended (HFS+)", as FAT32 is not supported by FCP and even has a file size limit of 4GB (per file).

    It adds up, as your "RAW" footage is probably using H264 or another MPEG-4 codec to store the video, and FCP wants its footage in either ProRes (can be 100GB for one hour of HD video) or Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC - up to 50GB for one hour of HD footage).

    Therefore get another external FW800 HDD (if you have FW800 on your Mac), which you can safely format in "HFS+" via Disk Utility, or format your existing external HDD with "HFS+", if possible as formatting will erase the contents of the HDD.
    Maybe you can partition it though.

    Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
    Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility
  3. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    I usually use an external firewire hard drive when editing HD clips. Your hard drive is formatted wrong so try fixing that and see what happens.

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