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  • Project Size: How to reduce?

  • steve knattress

    June 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I have an old project that got very large (300+Mb !)
    This resulted in frequent crashes and very slow operation.

    At the time I trimmed the project down but it was still in excess of 250 Mb, but I was able to finish.
    (I should have expected a much smaller project, but it was early in the morning!)

    I have just been required to edit another couple of sequences from the same material.
    I did a “save as” and deleted all but the master clips within folders that I needed.
    The project size was still 239 Mb. I closed FCP and restarted but this value remained.

    (All 600Mb of my original rushes are on my media drive still.)

    I had deleted all of the old sequences multi-clips etc. I deleted the few old render files.

    I then made a new project and tried to drag the master clip folders I needed ( a small subset of the original) between projects.
    My MBP crashed each time. (17in with 4Gb memory)

    I then in another new project this time copy and pasted the required clips with success.

    The project now contains the same clips as previously, but is now only 2.6 Mb.

    Can any one explain that? (Perhaps it is the undo buffer? How do you clear that?)


  • Jaap Verdenius

    June 13, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Probably old multiclip sequences took up most of the space in your project.


  • steve knattress

    June 13, 2009 at 10:44 am

    So the way to “clean” a project and reduce its size is NOT to “save as” then delete unwanted clips and sequences in the “new” project.

    Is there any other way of reducing a projects size other than copy/paste into a brand new project?


  • Jaap Verdenius

    June 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I guess no, but is it a strategy you’re uncomfortable with?


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