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Project Maintenance Tips

Even if you are not forced to reorganize your project's media elements because you have run out of disk space, it's a good idea to streamline a project as you go, especially if you're working on a long, complex project. As your project accumulates clips, sequences, edits, render files, multiple tracks of audio, and effects, more and more of your available RAM is needed just to open the project. At some point, you could experience a drop in Final Cut Pro's speed or video playback performance.

To streamline a project in progress:

1.
With the project open in the Browser, choose File > Save All (Figure 12.70).

Figure 12.70. Choose File > Save All to save the current version of the project.


The current version of the project is saved.

2.
Choose File > Save Project As.

The File dialog box appears.

3.
Use the pull-down menu at the top of the dialog box to navigate to the folder where you want to store your project file, enter a name for the new project version in the Save Project As field, and then click Save (Figure 12.71).

Figure 12.71. Enter a name for the new project version in the Save Project As field; then click Save.


The new version of your project replaces the older one on the front tab of the Browser window (Figure 12.72).

Figure 12.72. The new version of your project replaces the old one on the front tab of the Browser window.


4.
Remove all but the most current versions of your sequences and delete any excess clips (Figure 12.73). If you are short of disk space, you could choose to delete the clips' source media files as well, but you don't need to delete the source media files to get the benefits of a streamlined project.

Figure 12.73. Remove all but the most current versions of your sequences and delete any excess clips. If you need the old versions later, you still have them in the project version you saved in step 1.


5.
Choose Tools > Render Manager and delete any obsolete render files. Remember that the Render Manager gives you access to render files for all of your projects (Figure 12.74), so be careful as you select the files you want to delete.

Figure 12.74. The Render Manager gives you access to render files for all your projects, so be careful which files you delete.


6.
With the new streamlined project open in the Browser, choose File > Save.

7.
If you streamlined your project to improve Final Cut Pro's performance, you'll need to close and then reopen the project to recapture the available RAM and start enjoying improved performance.


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