Apple have published
about moving FCPX projects to a different computer
If you need to move your project and media files you have a variety of options.
Final Cut Pro X
You can do any of the following:
Move the project, deleting it from its current location and putting it in a new location.
Copy the project, duplicating the project in it's original and new location.
You can store project and event files on a storage area network (SAN) location. You can then access them from another computer over the network.
When you move or copy a project, you can move or copy all of the events and clips used in the project, or just the project.
If you have customized any Final Cut Pro X effects, transitions, titles, generators or themes, you'll need to manually back up and move the Motion Templates folder located in ~/Movies/Motion Templates.
i do wish to move "motion templates" to my external drive so that my FX, etc will come with me. but, WHERE do i move them?
to the root folder?
within a new folder to be called "movies/"
sorry if this seems obvious.
or...is this a case of simply copying what will now become an ORPHAN folder within the main drive of the other computer...eg "users/me/movies/motion templates"
and, therefore...if one creates any new templates after such a copy, then that orphan needs to be copied back to the original computer.
lol i may be answering my own question here....
Ok, here's what I want to do. I think I read that this was possible, but I can't find the article.
I currently have a 27" i7 iMac with 16GB of ram and 2GB video card with dual displays. This setup is really great for editing and is very powerful, but I can't stand being at a desk all the time. So with the new Retina MBP coming out, I want to get the mid range version with 16GB of RAM. So I can do some basic editing on that such as, watch all my events, add keywords and tighten up some edits after I've put the pieces together on my iMac. Then once the edits are all tightened up, I want to go back to my iMac to work with plugins.
Will it work if I duplicate the events to both computers and then just move the project file from one computer to the other, or just keep the project file on an external hard drive? I really don't want to edit off of an external hard drive because the Retina MBP has 500mbps flash storage, and I'm not comfortable with a portable drive unless it's solid state, one wrong bump and there goes everything. But obviously there are no solid state thunderbolt drives yet, and if there are, they are way too expensive.
I travel extensively all the time. Have for the past 15 years. My Other World Computing Mercury On-The-Go drives have lasted for ever and never gave any problems. I have two, one I work off of, one I use as a backup duplicate. I'm not worried about those portable drives. They use laptop drives and are very durable.
But if you're that paranoid, then get a portable SSD drive.
Or just move the CurrentVersion.fcpproject file itself. As long as the Events it references don't change it should be good to go.
But editing off of your system drive, no matter what it is, will degrade performance. It's not about the speed of the drive, it's about the limited data bandwidth the media streams have to share with the application and operating system.