Final Cut Pro 10.1: New Workflow

In the 4th quarter of 2013, Apple released a new version of its operating system (see previous post on Mavericks). Following that update, Apple also updated a number of their apps, including a “point” update to Final Cut Pro X. The application was updated from version 10.0.9 to 10.1. This update to Final Cut Pro is significant, because it fundamentally changes how project files are managed and archived. Both Mavericks and the new version of Final Cut Pro are available on each of the Macs in the Tech Commons, CL240 of the Parnassus Library.

This is especially important to users of our multimedia workstations, because our local hard drives are “frozen” and erased every night. So if you don’t properly manage your projects, you could lose your work!

Note: To discover which version of FCP you’re using, open the application, and choose “Final Cut Pro > About Final Cut Pro” from the menu bar.

library iconThe good news, is that the new project workflow is much easier to manage, because everything, including project files, events, imported media, and even rendered media is now collected into one single file called a library. Moving projects from one computer to another is as simple as dragging and dropping the library file using the Finder. And furthermore, you don’t have to format your external hard drive as “Mac only” anymore to archive your files!

If you have existing projects that were created in Final Cut Pro 10.0.9 or earlier, you will need to “update” the file before you can edit with the new version. If you are starting a new project, you simply need to save the library file to your external hard drive before you begin editing.

Click here to download our new “Managing Final Cut Pro 10.1 Files” document, which offers a detailed explanation, along with step-by-step instructions for updating, creating and archiving files in Final Cut Pro 10.1.

Print versions of this handout are also available at each multimedia workstation in CL240.

Stay tuned, because coming soon we will have documentation on the new version of iMovie (v10), which also uses the new library file workflow!

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