A new video from Apple on how to move a Final Cut Pro Library to an external drive.

We have to admit, we didn't realise who the author of this video was until we had another weekly trawl through the YouTube tutorial videos for publishing. 

This is a great answer from Apple to the question that appears on forums regarding the handling and moving of a Final Cut Pro Library to an external hard drive.

Hopefully the channel will post more short FCP tutorials in the future, we did do a quick search of their channel and this one is the only one for Final Cut Pro at the moment.

Maybe worth subscribing? 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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pszilard's Avatar
pszilard replied the topic: #121895 19 Aug 2022 10:12
Is it just me, or is this really obvious? Hardly worth a video, IMHO.
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tonygegu replied the topic: #123467 02 Jan 2023 20:41
I agree, it is obvious. The answer I'm looking for is regarding the best practice for performance. I have a Mac Studio with the Apple M1 Max, 32 GB RAM, 1TB SSD and an 6TB LaCie external HD through Thunderbolt port. My 6TB of media are on the external, configured to leave files on the storage. however, I'm no sure as weather the libraries should be on the external as well or on the internal. What is the best practice regarding this?
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VTC replied the topic: #123468 03 Jan 2023 00:19
Even with my IQ of 43 I found this banal, juvenile, and possibly insipid.
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mattj replied the topic: #123516 05 Jan 2023 20:54
Hmmm...I'm a newbie and thought I didn't come here to learn this today, I did find this useful.  I am actually just about to start moving libraries to an external drive and just figured I could drag them over without doing these other tasks. :). I am having trouble managing the data I'm generating and was looking for solutions to reduce the amount of data I'm generating.
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peppes replied the topic: #124099 12 Feb 2023 10:14
As a newbie too i am alsoo gratefulfor this video.
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Karsten Schlüter replied the topic: #124139 14 Feb 2023 04:44

As a newbie too i am also grateful for this video.

No newbie here, but I like the video (a video is worth a 1000 words) :)
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Tom Wolsky replied the topic: #124144 14 Feb 2023 13:54
Not sure what the point of the second consolidate is if you already consolidated on the system drive. Also not sure what render or other media you could consolidate on the external if you deleted generated files.