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  • Think I’m missing an easy solution – locating library

  • Jack Lewis

    March 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I have tons of external drives with libraries, etc. I try to ID them so I know approximately what projects are on what drives by dates. I have a project from about a year ago I need to get back in to and it isn’t on the drive I thought it would be. Before I start going through drives one by one, is there ANY WAY to id where the library might be? I seem to recall in earlier version of FCP, you could bring up a project, even if it was “missing” every file, and bring up info and find out where the file lived. I’d hoped I could do something by accessing backups in movies on my HD, but when I try to open the back up from there, it simply says the library is missing, save a new location. Just trying to find where the library was/is. Any thoughts much appreciated!

  • John Fishback

    March 1, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    I have an old database program (early 2000s) that copies what’s on any drive I point it to. Makes keeping track easy. But, your question made me wonder. So I looked in a Final Cut Backup file (in the Movie Folder on my machine) and there is a link to the archive drive I used.

    Open the .fcpbundle with Show Package Contents and look for __BackupInfo.plist. Open that with a text editor and at the bottom (if it works like mine) you should see what’s below.

  • Jack Lewis

    March 1, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    John, can’t thank you enough! Brilliant!


    And would love to know the name of that old DB program. Sounds handy!

    Thank you again.

  • John Fishback

    March 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Happy to help. The program is DiscCatalogMaker. I recall it may have come along with a version of Toast which I used at times with CDs & DVDS. It currently runs on an old Mac Pro using El Capitan. I don’t know if it will run with newer OSs. I’ve seen similar programs discussed recently, but have no memory of their names. Maybe a search would turn up options.

  • Patrick Donegan

    March 1, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    One of things I used to do back in the old days is use an app called

    “DiskTracker” and capture the directory of each hard drive right before I was about

    to un-mount them.

    Then I could search this database and find the name of the hard drive that a specific file

    or project was on.

    And I had multiple databases. For example, I had a catalog of every DVD-R I gave out to

    humans and clients. So if they needed a file over the phone, I could tell them which disc

    that file is on.

    DiskTracker dude died, so no more updates.

    NeoFinder and DiskCatalogMaker do similar things.

  • Patrick Donegan

    March 1, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    yes, the free version comes with Toast Bundle.

  • Jack Lewis

    March 1, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Great. Thanks very much, guys. I’ll check them out.

  • Kevin Wolff

    March 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    There is an application called Final Cut Library Manager that locates and allows management of all FCP libraries on all connected Spotlight indexed drives. It is sold, I believe, by a company called Artic White. I have switched to Resolve, so I haven’t used it much recently, but I found it useful when I was using FCP.

  • Joe Marler

    March 4, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    ” is there ANY WAY to id where the library might be?” — If you want to know the *library* location, you can do a Finder search (CMD+F) for all files with the extension .fcpbundle. To enable search by extension do CMD+F, click the left search box and select “other”, then click the “File extension” checkbox. Thereafter that will be a searchable item when you do CMD+F in Finder.

    You can also save a Finder search to locate all FCP libraries with a single click, and if desired have it exclude search results for library backups:

    That will obviously not show FCP library bundles which are on disconnected drives. If you want a search of those you can first index them with NeoFinder:

    If instead of the libraries, you want to locate the media files referenced by those libraries, as stated above the 3rd-party tool Final Cut Library Manager has an optional feature which will export a .csv file of each file referenced by a library, including complete path location.

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  • Doug Metz

    March 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I will second the recommendation for NeoFinder. Been using it for nearly 20 years, and have all of my backup media cataloged and searchable. The developer is great, the app is inexpensive, and I couldn’t do without it.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention Final Cut Library Manager – lots of goodies in there, too.

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