Final Cut Pro X: Copy or move items between libraries and storage devices

Copy or move items between libraries and storage devices

You can copy or move clips, projects, or entire events between libraries in the same storage location or between libraries in different storage locations. When you copy an item from one library to another, the corresponding files are duplicated on the storage device that contains the receiving library. When you move an item from one library to another, the corresponding files are moved from the library file in the first storage location to the library file in the second location.

For information about copying and moving items between events in the same library, see Copy or move clips and projects between events in the same library.

Here are some reasons you might copy or move items between libraries and storage devices:

  • Use multiple libraries on the same storage device to organize a large number of active projects and media assets.

  • Work on your project and media files on a different Mac that has Final Cut Pro installed.

  • Back up your project and its media files to a storage device, a network volume, or other storage media.

  • Allow multiple users to access your media in an external folder on shared storage.

  • Free up space on your Mac or storage device.

Note: If you have created or customized any Final Cut Pro effects, transitions, titles, or generators in Motion, set the storage location for your Motion content to "In Library” before starting any copy or move operations between libraries or storage devices. Otherwise, the Motion content is not included in those operations. For more information, see Manage Motion content storage locations. Regardless, you must manually track and move any third-party (FxPlug) content, because it is not managed within the Final Cut Pro library.

Copy clips, projects, or events between libraries

  1. In the Libraries sidebar, select the event you want to copy, or select the event that contains the clips or projects you want to copy.

  2. If you’re copying clips or projects, select them in the browser.

    Note: You can’t select clips and projects at the same time.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If the library you want to copy to is present in the Libraries sidebar: Drag the items to the library. If you’re copying an event, drag it to the library icon . If you’re copying clips and projects, drag them to a specific event icon.

    • If the library you want to copy to is not present in the Libraries sidebar: Do one of the following:

      • Choose File > Open Library and choose the library from the submenu, then follow the instructions above.

      • Choose File > Copy [item] to Library and choose the library from the submenu, or choose New Library to create a new library and set a location for it.

    If your selection contains optimized or proxy media, a window appears with more options. Select the options you want for copying optimized or proxy media, then click OK.

Move clips, projects, or events between libraries

  1. In the Libraries sidebar, select the event you want to move, or select the event that contains the clips or projects you want to move.

  2. If you’re moving clips or projects, select them in the browser.

    Note: You can’t select clips and projects at the same time.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If the library you want to move the items to is present in the Libraries sidebar: Command-drag the items to the library by first starting to drag and then holding down the Command key as you drag. If you’re copying an event, drag it to the library icon . If you’re copying clips and projects, drag them to a specific event icon.

    • If the library you want to move the items to is not present in the Libraries sidebar: Do one of the following:

      • Choose File > Open Library and choose the library from the submenu, then follow the instructions above.

      • Choose File > Move [item] to Library and choose the library from the submenu, or choose New Library to create a new library and set a location for it.

    If your selection contains optimized or proxy media, a window appears with more options. Select the options you want for copying optimized or proxy media, then click OK.

Important: When you import media into Final Cut Pro, you can select the “Leave files in place” option to link to the files in their current location rather than copy them into the library. In that case, Final Cut Pro creates symbolic links (also called symlinks), which are special files that point to the media files. When you copy or move clips between events, only the symbolic links are copied or moved (not the source media files). To replace the symbolic links with the actual source media files, select the events and choose File > Consolidate Event Files.

Published Date: Apr 17, 2017
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