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Final Cut Pro X: Create and manage camera archives

Create and manage camera archives

You can make a camera archive (backup copy) of the contents of your camera or camcorder. (Note that you cannot make an archive from a live video signal, such as the signal produced by an iSight camera.) To protect your media, it is recommended that you save your archive to a disk or partition different from the one where you store the media files used with Final Cut Pro.

Because you can import media into Final Cut Pro from an archive, archiving the media on your device can be useful if you want to:

  • Quickly empty the contents of your camera or camcorder so that you can record more media right away, rather than wait for it to import into Final Cut Pro, which can take time.

  • Import the archived media on multiple computers without having to keep it on the camcorder

  • Keep a browsable, “near-line” archive of media from a camera without having to import the media into Final Cut Pro

See Access media on an archive or disk image for information on how to import media into Final Cut Pro from a camera archive.

Archive the media on your file-based camera or camcorder

  1. If you want to save the archive to an external storage device, connect it to your computer.

  2. Connect the camera or camcorder to your computer using the cable that came with it, and turn it on.

    If you’re using a camcorder, set it to PC Connect mode. The name of this transfer mode may be different on your device. Your camcorder may automatically go into “connect” mode if you turn it on in playback mode while it’s connected to your computer. For more information, see the documentation that came with your camcorder.

    Note:   Connecting a DVD camcorder to your Mac can cause the DVD Player application to open. If that happens, simply close DVD Player.
  3. In Final Cut Pro, click the Import Media button on the left end of the toolbar (or press Command-I).

    Import Media button in toolbar
  4. In the Media Import window that appears, select the device whose content you want to archive from the list of cameras on the left.

    Media Import window displaying media on connected device
  5. Click the Create Archive button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

  6. In the “Create Camera Archive as” field, type a name for the archive.

  7. Choose a location to save the archive from the Destination pop-up menu, and click OK.

    Note:   It is recommended that you save your archive to a disk or partition different from the one where you store the media files used with Final Cut Pro.

The camera archive is stored on your hard disk. You can mount the archive as if it were a file-based camcorder and browse the archive’s contents, or import the media on the camera archive into Final Cut Pro. For more information, see Access media on an archive or disk image.

Archive the media on your tape-based camera or camcorder

  1. If you want to save the archive to an external storage device, connect it to your computer.

  2. Connect the camera or camcorder to your computer using the cable that came with it, and turn it on.

    If you’re using a camcorder, set it to PC Connect mode. The name of this transfer mode may be different on your device. Your camcorder may automatically go into “connect” mode if you turn it on in playback mode while it’s connected to your computer. For more information, see the documentation that came with your camcorder.

  3. In Final Cut Pro, do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I).

    • Click the Import Media button on the left end of the toolbar.

      Import Media button in toolbar
  4. In the Media Import window that appears, select the device whose content you want to archive from the list of cameras on the left.

    Media Import window displaying tape timecode position
  5. Click the Create Archive button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

  6. In the “Create Camera Archive as” field, type a name for the archive.

  7. Choose a location to save the archive from the Destination pop-up menu, and click OK.

    Note:   To protect your media, it is recommended that you save your archive to a disk or partition different from the one where you store the media files used with Final Cut Pro.

    Final Cut Pro begins archiving from the current location on the tape. It will continue to archive until one of the following occurs:

    • It reaches the end of the tape.

    • You manually stop the archiving process by clicking Stop Import or Close (to close the Media Import window).

The camera archive is stored on your hard disk. You can mount the archive as if it were a file-based camcorder and browse the archive’s contents, or import the media on the camera archive into Final Cut Pro. For more information, see Access media on an archive or disk image.

Move or copy a camera archive

  1. In the Finder, select the camera archive that you want to move or copy.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To move the camera archive on your local disk: Drag the camera archive to a new location.

    • To copy the camera archive on your local disk: Hold down the Option key and drag the camera archive to a new location on your local disk.

    • To copy the camera archive to an external storage device: Drag the camera archive to a location on the external storage device.

Delete a camera archive

Camera archives are very small relative to other media files, and often don’t warrant being deleted. However, you can delete a camera archive at any time.

  1. In the Finder, select the camera archive.

  2. Hold down the Control key and choose Move to Trash from the shortcut menu that appears.

  3. Control-click or click and hold the Trash icon in your Dock, and choose Empty Trash from the shortcut menu.

    Important:   Emptying the Trash permanently deletes the camera archive.
Last Modified: Sep 16, 2014
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