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  • FCP Library Archive Question

    Posted by Jon Oshima on September 26, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    I re-working my archive of FCP Libraries using an online, off-site backup service. Should I compress (zip) the Library files before uploading them? Also, have you had experience with the backup service iDrive?

    Doug Metz replied 2 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Doug Metz

    September 28, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    I would first delete the render files throughout the library to bring down the file size, then definitely zip. I don’t have experience with iDrive specifically, but those libraries are databases with a bunch of small files and links, and I’m risk averse.

    I back up to HDD (stored offsite) and LTO for redundancy, but not many have that luxury.

  • Jon Oshima

    September 29, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you Doug – for your reply and all of your contributions to The Cow.

    I support being risk averse – it seems like being open to the harsh realities of drive failures. Now I’m working on adding off-site backup, and that’s where the iDrive service comes in. It seems very convenient, and semi-automated which is a plus. But an issue may be that the upload/download speeds are too slow to be useful with the kind of big files that FCP Libraries can become – to be determined…

  • Doug Metz

    September 29, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    Hey Jon,

    Glad to help! Out of curiosity, do you typically import your media into the library, or leave in place? I typically reuse media across projects, so always leave the media in a standardized folder structure outside the library. This vastly reduces library size, and once render files are removed, the zipped libraries should be relatively small and quick to upload.

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