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  • Repair corrupted project file

     Heinrich Dahms updated 6 years ago 15 Members · 23 Posts
  • chris walker

    April 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Any way to repair a corrupted project file other than using the software I’ve seen mentioned? That doesn’t work and I really, really don’t want to lose 30 hrs of editing and start from scratch! No backup project file exists.

  • David Battistella

    April 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I just went through this very painful exercise.

    30 minute film was in jeopardy for a couple of weeks but now it is back on track through much trial and error.

    More details are needed, but I would suggest getting in touch with Apple.

    What version
    What codecs
    What effects
    How long is the project?
    Have you backed up the old versions folder?
    Are there any files in the back up folder?

    David

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  • Michael Sanders

    April 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Is it me or is anyone else getting seriously worried about the “Fragility” of FCP X projects?

    It’s something that really bothers me, the autosaves to the same directory and only when you’ve saved something and no option to save to another disk/folder.

    It’s down to the fundamentally disastrous way Apple have decided to separate Events and Projects.

    There’s a very obvious fix: Take the sharing and render files out of the project files.

    Render files can – by default with maybe an option in prefs. – go on the same disk as the Event. That would mean Project files could then live on the system drive and get backed up by usual back up means.

    And as for exports/sharing: Well ask us where to put them! Its a hangover from iMovie and pro’s really don’t need to be hand held with this stuff.

    Make projects a filetype not a folder.

    Give us back autosave to another location.

    I regularly shoot and edit projects that are time critical (be it broadcast news or up to wire financial corporates) and to be honest not having the safety net makes me shy away from using X on these projects.

    If I can’t be up and running again in minutes from a hard drive crash or project corruption I’m not happy.

    It’s a pity because the irony is for most of those projects X would be much quicker than 7 but I can’t risk it.

    Michael Sanders
    London Based DP/Editor

  • David Battistella

    April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Great Idea.

    Maybe submit that as a feature request to Apple.

    I think a bit more control over where things are and how the “autosave is handled” would be welcomed by many pros. Its a part of our work, something we a just used to.

    David

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    The shortest answer is doing.
    Lord Herbert
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  • Eric Santiago

    April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Its back to old school folks.
    After final, end of day, heck even during editing, I would shut down FCPX and copy a version off to another drive.
    Thats how it was for me back in the day with most of my work (3D, Motion and Finishing).
    Ive had one project corrupt and it was back in June.
    Never again after that, call me lucky I guess.

  • David Battistella

    April 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    It’s true Eric.

    One corrupt project file makes you want to save stuff off to other locations at every break in the day.

    David

    ______________________________
    The shortest answer is doing.
    Lord Herbert
    https://www.davidbattistella.com

  • Eric Santiago

    April 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I also has Dantz Restrospect running (years ago) every hour backing up Maya. Max, After Effects and others plus their resources to another server.
    Now that we’re running everything off XServes, I only have to do that with Avid MC and FCPX files.

  • chris walker

    April 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Your reply gives me hope. No backup folder since I had not yet updated to 10.0.4. All render files and old versions backed up. It’s about 90 min long and not hard to edit, but 30 hours wasted! Will contact Apple.

  • Bill Davis

    April 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    If you’re in a shared storage or multi-user environ with critical work on the line, then backups obviously need to be managed very carefully.

    For the single seat user, just slap a drive on the system and let Time Machine mirror the state of your Event and Project libraries on a regular basis. Done.

    Personally, I haven’t lost a single project in nearly a year of working with X and that one was in V1.2 and I was able to recover my TimeMachine clean copy and go back to work in about 10 minutes.

    There’s a”Nancy Grace” syndrome at work here, I think. Kidnappings have always happened. But for decades, they were perceived as rare and distant. Now they’re on TV persistently with essentially TV shows who’s ratings sink and swim with the broadcast of that kind of content so there’s a heightened sense that it’s a much more real possibility than it really is for those not in the general class of custody disputes and other risk factors.

    When you hear a few isolated examples of bad stuff happening – just note it, maybe take some action if it’s not too expensive or troublesome – and move along.

    Only when these boards fill up with large swaths of crash reports or problems – is it time to worry, IMO.

    “Before speaking out ask yourself whether your words are true, whether they are respectful and whether they are needed in our civil discussions.”-Justice O’Connor

  • Michael Sanders

    April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

    [Bill Davis] “For the single seat user, just slap a drive on the system and let Time Machine mirror the state of your Event and Project libraries on a regular basis. Done.

    Personally, I haven’t lost a single project in nearly a year of working with X and that one was in V1.2 and I was able to recover my TimeMachine clean copy and go back to work in about 10 minutes.”

    But time machine is only does hourly backups. I don’t know about you, but in my edits a lot can change in an hour, hell I’ve done edits that last shorter than an hour!

    Michael Sanders
    London Based DP/Editor

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