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Freeing Up Space In Those Finished Video Projects

Let's take a look at a couple of ways to free up space in your recently finished project By Kevin McAuliffe

Every editor gets to that stage when the massive project they have been working on for months is finally done, the client is very happy, and leaves with a smile on his (or her) face. Most editors have their next client waiting in the wings to get in and start working on their project, but you don't want to delete the project you just finished, as you KNOW that the client is going to call you and say "Can we make one small change?" What do you do? Well, let's take a look at a couple of ways to free up space in your recently finished project so that you can start working on your next one.

Method 1
This method is fairly straightforward, but most editors overlook it and it is a great way to quickly and easily free up space on your system.

First, select your final "master" sequence. Next, navigate to EDIT>FIND and the find window will appear. Next, change the drop down beside "For" from "All Media" to "Unused Media." Then press "Find All."

Depending on how big your project is, Final Cut may take a while to gather all your unused clips up into a new window, and will display them all for you to see. Remember, what you are looking at is all the media that is not residing in the timeline you selected. One problem that people run into is that if you have a clip that is an hour long, and you used two seconds of it, that hour long clip is still considered by Final Cut Pro to be "in use," but we'll look at projects like that one in just a second. Once Final Cut has opened the window showing you all the unused clips, simply select them all, right click on them, and select "Make Offline."

Once you let go of the mouse, you will be prompted by a new window that looks like this:


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