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Chapter 18. Real Time and Rendering > Managing Render Files

Managing Render Files

Render files are valuable media elements, stored as actual media files on your hard disk like your original captured media files. Final Cut Express names render files according to its own internal naming protocols. You won’t be able to identify individual render files by their filenames, so planning your render file management strategy is a critical part of your post-production work. This will become clear the next time you invest considerable time in a single complex rendering process.

Specifying storage locations for render files

You can specify up to 12 disks for storing captured video, captured audio, or render files. As you create render files, Final Cut Express stores them on the disk with the most available space. If you don’t specify disk locations, Final Cut Express saves video and audio render files in separate folders (called Render Files and Audio Render Files), which are located, along with your Capture Scratch folder, in the Final Cut Express Documents folder (Figure 18.15). Render files are media files and should be stored on the same media drives as your captured media.


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