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Untitled Image.pngFinal Cut Pro X organizes your media differently from previous versions of the software.  Instead of storing references to media files from arbitrary locations on your disk, your FCPX projects refer to a disk-level Events Library.  This lets FCPX keep really impressive metadata and automate tedious organizational tasks, but it can complicate your workflow if you're dealing with many unrelated video projects or working with other editors.

To keep unrelated video projects organized, consider using sparse disk images.  Disk images are single, portable files that behave like external hard drives as far as your system is concerned.  By keeping related projects and events on the same disk image, you can easily archive your work and carry it from workstation to workstation.  You can even store the disk image on your network: as soon as you double-click the disk image file, your Mac behaves as if it's a local disk, circumventing FCPX's prohibition on sharing files across a network.  

There's one big caveat: like a real external hard drive, a normal disk image can only be "connected" to one computer at a time.  That makes these disk images unsuitable for truly sharing media, like station IDs or shared stock video, between multiple edit stations at the same time. 

If you're using an XSAN, the latest FCPX update will solve this problem for you, allowing you to use shared media from your XSAN volume.  But if you're like most of our readers, the XSAN isn't an option—luckily, there's an easy workaround.  Details after the jump...

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