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Backing up a project with the Final Cut Pro Media Manager

In Final Cut Pro when you finish with a project, and you desire to be able to go back to it in the future, but don’t want to store all of the media associated with the project, what do you do? The answer is the Final Cut Pro Media Manager.

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Upon completion of your project, you simply highlight the sequence, or sequences you wish to back up. After highlighting you will right click and select Media Manager. When the Media Manager window comes up, you will have a few decisions to make. In most cases when backing up a project, you will choose to Copy the media, which will create clips that represent all the media used in the selected Sequences. What is nice about the Media Manager is that if there are multiple  references of almost the same clip in the timeline, or different sequences, the Media Manager will only make one clip that contains all the necessary media. For example if you have a 5 second clip in the timeline, and in another sequence you have another 5 second clip that uses the last three seconds of the first clip, the Media Manager will create one 7 second clip that both clips will reference.  Another decision you will have to make is whether or not to include handles on the Media Managed clips. It is probably a good idea to give your clips a little handle. There will certainly be more flexibility in the future, if you include handles when you Media Manage. At the top of the Media Manager you will see two green meters. The top one represents the total size of the source clips that the clips to be Media Managed come from. The lower green meter represents how much space will be used once the media is Media Managed.  

In the project section there is a "Duplicate selected items and place into a new project" checkbox.  By checking this box, Final Cut will create a new project, that will include the sequences that were Media Managed, as well as a Media folder with all the Media Managed clips. By default Final Cut will create a Project Folder and place both the Project file and Media folder within it. If you choose not to check the box, you will need to relink your sequences to the new media.

The last step is to set the destination of the Managed Media. After choosing a Media Destination, you will click OK, and then name the Media Managed project if you checked the box in the Project section.             
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