Safe to Delete Final Cut Pro Cache Folders?

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  1. bhouse Guest

    Aug 29, 2007
    So I have created a video presentation for a project I am working on using Final Cut Pro. I noticed Final Cut Pro creates a default folder in Documents called "Final Cut Pro Documents." This folder contains six additional folders:

    1. Audio Render Files
    2. Autosave Vault
    3. Capture Scratch
    4. Render Files
    5. Thumbnail Cache Files
    6. Waveform Cache Files

    Is it safe to delete these six folders? I wouldn't otherwise care, but collectively they are taking up 25 GB on my HD. I'm not planning to delete the actual FCP project files and their attached media, but rather the above six folders which appear to be cache...? Do I run any risk of losing my entire presentation if I delete these six folders, or is it simply a matter of just re rendering my project if I delete them?
  2. cillbill macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009
    Did you ever find out?

    - i have the same issue, I cannot record my film (saved on ex harddisk) to dv tape on the video cam because there is insufficient diskspace,,, when I run the render managerm only availble files to delte are 'additional rneder files' and Im a bit affraid what will happen if I delete those!

    Did you try it?

    What happened to you?

  3. D-Swallow macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2008
    Should be safe to delete additional render files

    Hi, I believe that it should be safe to delete at least the additional render files folder. What happens then is the project is still there but if you want to watch/use/export it etc. you just have to render it again.
    This is what this seems to say too:
  4. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Deleting those files is safe. In the Final Cut Manual, Apple advises you to do it when you finish your project.

    These files are all the render works during the project. So, if you delete them, be prepared to render everything again if you need to change something from that project.

    NOTE: Don't delete the entire folder, if you enter each folder you mentioned, you will see many sub-folders with the names of your projects, delete those that you have already finished with, and leave the ones in progress there.

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