Where are my raw movie files?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by teacher1, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. teacher1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2016
    I am trying to back up all my raw movie files on an external disk so that I can then clear some space on my macbook air. I can't find them though? I can see them in final cut pro but not sure where to find them on my main hard drive. Could someone point me in the right direction please?
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Can't you control click on the video (in FCPX) and select "show in finder". Wait, what version of final cut pro are you using?
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Is there a FCP Library file in your Movies Folder?
  4. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    Dave is on the right track. Assuming you are using FCP X, your video files are probably inside it. Select one of your video files, open the inspector ( ⌘-4 ), select Info and down the bottom of the pane you'll find information about where the file is stored.

    If your video files are not in the library of interest, you should consolidate the library files. That is under the File menu. The next step I would do is to delete the generated library files. This will delete render files, proxy and optimised media, keeping only your original files. All the deleted media can be re-created by FCP X if needed. This gets your library file as small as it can be. You can then back this up.

    The advantage of backing up a library file, as opposed to just the original video files, is that the library file will now contain all the original video files (done by consolidating the library files earlier), plus any audio and images you've used, and the project file. Audio, images and project file usually only make up a very small part of the overall project storage size, but having them consolidated make it much easier to re-visit a project in the future, compared to having to rebuild a timeline.

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