Final Cut Pro X: Consolidate projects, events, and libraries

Consolidate projects, events, and libraries

In the course of creating a project, you might use media files from a variety of locations, including your local computer and external storage devices. If the media being used in a project, event, or library is located in multiple folders or on multiple storage devices, you can consolidate all the media in one location, on one storage device. This process facilitates archiving and makes it easier for others to access the media (using shared storage, for example).

The Consolidate command places the files in the current library storage location. You view and set storage locations for media, Motion content, cache files, and library backup files using the Library Properties inspector.

The Consolidate command follows these rules:

  • When you consolidate files out of a library to an external folder, the files are moved.

  • When you consolidate files into a library from an external folder, or from an external folder to another external folder, the files are copied.

These rules prevent broken links from other libraries.

Note: If the media is already external, and no other libraries are using it, you can manually delete the original media after consolidating to save storage space.

Collect the source media files for a library, an event, or a project in one location

  1. If the Libraries sidebar isn’t already shown, do one of the following:

    • Click the Libraries button in the top-left corner of the Final Cut Pro window.

      The Libraries button
    • Choose Window > Go To > Libraries (or press Command-1).

  2. To select files to consolidate, do one of the following:

    • Select a library in the Libraries sidebar.

    • Select one or more events in the Libraries sidebar.

    • Select an event in the Libraries sidebar, then select one or more projects in the browser.

  3. Choose File > Consolidate [item] Media.

  4. In the window that appears, confirm the library to consolidate the files into.

  5. If you want to include optimized and proxy media, select the checkboxes in the window that appears.

  6. Click OK.

    The media is copied into the current library storage location. To view or change library storage locations, see Manage storage locations.

    If a message appears stating that there is nothing to consolidate, it means that all of your media files are already consolidated at one location, on one storage device.

Consolidate the Motion content for a library

By default, when you create or customize any Final Cut Pro effects, transitions, titles, or generators in Motion, that Motion content is stored in the Motion Templates folder located in your Movies folder. You can also store that Motion content inside a library—for example, to move a project or library to another Mac, or to back up and archive your work. You use the Library Properties inspector to manage storage locations for Motion content files and consolidate them (either to the Motion Templates folder or to the library).

Important: The Consolidate command described below works only on effects, transitions, titles, or generators that have been added to projects or events in the selected library. Other Motion content is not affected.

  1. If the Libraries sidebar isn’t already shown, do one of the following:

    • Click the Libraries button in the top-left corner of the Final Cut Pro window.

      The Libraries button
    • Choose Window > Go To > Libraries (or press Command-1).

  2. Select a library in the Libraries sidebar.

  3. Choose File > Consolidate Motion Content.

    You can also press Command-4 to open the Library Properties inspector, then click Consolidate in the Motion Content section.

  4. In the window that appears, confirm the storage location (either the library file or the Motion Templates folder) to consolidate the files into.

    If a message appears stating that there’s nothing to consolidate, it means that all of your media files are already consolidated at one location, on one storage device.

  5. Click OK.

    The Motion content files that are in use in the library are copied into the current Motion content storage location for the library (either the library file or the Motion Templates folder). To view or change library storage locations, see Manage storage locations.

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.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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