Before updating Final Cut Pro X, back up important files

Before installing Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or later from the Mac App Store, be sure you have a current backup of your important Final Cut Pro X 10.0 files.

 Follow the steps below to back up your projects, events, and your current version of Final Cut Pro X.

Important: You should complete any active projects before updating to a new version of Final Cut Pro.

Backing up the Final Cut Pro X 10.0 application

When updating to Final Cut Pro X 10.1 via the Mac App Store, the latest version will replace the current version you have installed. As a best practice, before updating to Final Cut Pro X 10.1 you should save a copy of the currently installed version as a backup by following these steps:

  1. Create a new folder in the Applications folder. Name the folder with the name and version of the application (for example, "Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9"). To check the version of Final Cut Pro X you have, open the application and choose Final Cut Pro > About Final Cut Pro.
  2. Select the Final Cut Pro X application in the Applications folder. Choose File > Compress "Final Cut Pro" or Control-click the application and choose Compress "Final Cut Pro" from the contextual menu. It will take a few minutes to compress.

  3. Move the resulting "Final Cut" file into the folder you created in step 1.
  4. Now you can move the folder containing the zip file to your preferred location for storing your backup. For example, you could copy it to an external backup drive.

Backing up your Final Cut Pro X 10.0 projects and events

To protect your media, you should back up to a storage device or partition different from the one where you store the media files used with Final Cut Pro.

When backing up your Final Cut Pro X 10.0 projects and events, be sure to place copies of them inside a new backup folder. This will prevent Final Cut Pro X from updating and opening your backup projects and events.

Follow these steps to back up your Final Cut Pro X 10.0 projects and events:

  1. Connect an external storage device large enough to hold your project and media files. Make sure the device appears in the Finder.
  2. In Final Cut Pro X 10.0, control-click your project in the project Library and choose Duplicate project.
  3. In the window that appears, type a name for the new (duplicate) project and choose your external storage device.
  4. Select an option to specify what is duplicated:
    • Duplicate Project Only: Duplicates files specific to the project you selected. You may want to select this option if you use the same clips in multiple projects and plan to back up your events separately (perhaps in your backup copy of your entire project Library and events). This option does not duplicate event media.
    • Duplicate Project and Referenced Events: Duplicates the project and any events referred to by the project. Selecting this option includes all of the media in the referenced events. This is a good option to select if you want to have the unused media available to use later.
    • Duplicate Project + Used Clips: Duplicates the project and clips used in the project. When you select this option, you can choose whether to copy all clips and their media or just multicam and compound clips without the associated media. The first method creates a backup copy of your project with all of its media. The second method backs up the project and creates independent versions of multicam and compound clips that won’t be changed when you update the original versions in your project.
      • All used clips: Duplicates the project and copies all clips and media used in the project to a new event. When you select this option, provide a name for the new event that is created.
        Selecting this option duplicates the entire original media file for any clip used in the project, not just the portion that appears in the Timeline. If files used in the project were imported as reference files (aliases pointing to media files stored outside the Final Cut events folder), the reference files are copied, not the original media files.
      • Multicam and compound clips only: Duplicates the project and creates new parent clips for multicam or compound clips in the project. This means that the backup versions of the multicam and compound clips are not linked to the original parent versions and will not be updated when the original parent versions change. This option allows you to save a version of a project and prevent accidental changes to multicam or compound clips in that version. This option does not duplicate media and therefore makes a more compact backup file set that saves storage space. You can provide a name for a new event to hold the multicam or compound clips, or you can choose an existing event from the event pop-up menu. For more information about multicam and compound clips, see Compound clips overview and Multicam editing overview.
        Note: The "Multicam and compound clips only" option is available only if your project contains multicam or compound clips.
  5. If you want to include render files, select the Include Render Files checkbox.
  6. Click OK.

Final Cut Pro X duplicates the project using the option you specified. The project gets an incremented name (for example, “Bill’s movie1”), and the project appears in the location you specified. In most situations, viewing your backup projects and events is as simple as connecting your storage device to Final Cut Pro and locating your backup project or event in the project Library. For more information about locating or viewing your project, see Common media management issues.

Note: When you import media into Final Cut Pro X 10.0, you have the option to select the “Copy files to Final Cut events folder” checkbox. This duplicates the source media files on your hard disk. If you import files with this checkbox deselected, Final Cut Pro X 10.0 creates reference files (file aliases) that simply point to the source media files without copying them. When you back up events and projects that use these files, Final Cut Pro copies the reference files only (not the source media files). If you want to replace the reference files with the actual source media files after you back up your project or event, select the events and choose File > Organize event files.

Updating your projects and events to Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later

Important: After you update your projects and events to Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later, you can't use them with earlier versions of Final Cut Pro X.

See the following resources for information on updating your projects and events to Final Cut Pro 10.1 and later:


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