February 17, 2015 at 3:30PM

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I just finished shooting a short, and my macbook's ssd is now completely full. what do i do???

I have just finished shooting my short film, and I shot way more footage than I thought I would. My macbook is now completely full and I do not have enough hard drive space to edit the short. I shot it on a BMPCC in prores hq, and I have a 256gb ssd in my mac. Any idea what I could do?? I can't afford a new mac.

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I strongly recommend always using the internal drive on your laptop for the OS, your apps, and as scratch space to temporarily work on files. All of your project files and media should be on an external drive, preferably a Thunderbolt external drive so you will get decent speed from it.

If portability is an issue, then get an external drive like the Buffalo MiniStation 2 TB "pocket" drive...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072812-REG/buffalo_hd_pa2_0tu3_2t...

If cheap drive space is an issue, then get either a Western Digital 6TB My Book hard drive...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1057894-REG/wd_wdbfjk0060hbk_nesn_...

Or a HighPoint RocketStor Thunderbolt Drive Doc ( or drive "toaster" ) that lets you pop in bare ATA drives into the two top drive slots...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/985459-REG/highpoint_5212_2_bay_th...

I use drive docs myself as it allows for unlimited storage and you can buy a bare 3TB ATA drive for about $120 each.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/974157-REG/western_digital_wdbmma0...

February 17, 2015 at 4:21PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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thanks for the reply! So if I had all my files on a thunderbolt external drive I could upload from the drive straight to fcpx, and bypass uploading all the files onto my computer?? If so that is a great idea!

gavin baird

February 17, 2015 at 5:13PM

>>>So if I had all my files on a thunderbolt external drive I could upload from the drive straight to fcpx, and bypass uploading all the files onto my computer?

I'm not a Final Cut Pro X user, but this is how it works with pretty much all other software, so I would imagine FCPX would be no different.

i.e. Keep all your project files and media in folders on your external drive.

February 17, 2015 at 6:14PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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When you create your FCPX project, you can move the Final Cut library (the purple icon made of four tiles) from the "My Videos" folder to your external HD. Then just doubleclick it and Final Cut should open. You can then import your footage into FCPX and it'll load the project always from the external HD when you open it in FCPX.

Hope that helps, Tilman

Neb lit

May 21, 2015 at 10:11AM

Sorry I just noticed that the Western Digital 6TB drive is NOT a Thunderbolt drive, which is too bad, as you have to pay a lot more for a Thunderbolt version. ( the HighPoint RocketStor drive doc is still the cheapest way to get cheap Thunderbolt storage space )

February 17, 2015 at 6:22PM, Edited February 17, 6:22PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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okay, thanks so much!

gavin baird

February 17, 2015 at 8:41PM

you will definitely need External drives and you've got a ton of help already with where to go and what to get... Make sure you get a solution that has proper review and don't get anything that has is less than 7200 RPM or you will be tearing out your hair.

February 18, 2015 at 12:34AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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You can opt for an offline workflow. Place your rushes on an external drive doesn't have to be fast. Create proxy files in by example in davincy resolve.
Edit those in fcp (This works with fcp7 doesn't know of fcpx).
When finished editing make xml relink to original hq files copy or consolidate to internal drive ta make use of your sad. So you only take with you the used files. and then apply collor correction and fx.
I hope this makes sense.

February 19, 2015 at 3:28AM

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Unless you are going to run a raid configuration or are using fast SSD's, Thunderbolt is not going to provide you any real benefit over USB 3.0. A thunderbolt drive is just going to cost you a lot more. A regular spinning drive is not going to even come close to saturating USB 3.0. Just find a decent 7200RPM external USB 3.0 drive.

February 19, 2015 at 3:58PM, Edited February 19, 3:58PM

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You should get an external drive because right now, you are a hard drive crash or software glitch away from losing your entire short, it would appear.

Guy's suggestions are great, though I would reccomend getting a couple of 3TB drives over a single 6GB drive. Allows you to keep multiple backups over time, and leave specific drives to certain projects. For example, I am using 2 separate 3TB drives right now...the first is dedicated to my documentary project (using about 500GB of it) and the 2nd is an archive of all my video and photos shot (using about 2TB of it). When the archive drive gets close to full, I'll buy another drive (perhaps 4 or 6TB) once a new project starts, and keep using the other two as archives. Rinse and repeat.

If this work was for a paid client rather than myself, I'd also be backing it up online and probably keeping a duplicate hard-drive in another location

February 20, 2015 at 12:09PM

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I am going to go ahead and echo what Jamie Gregor said and say that Thunderbolt is an added expense that you will never actually take advantage of. The read/write speeds of even the best SSD's still don't come close to the full speeds available with a USB 3.0 connection and unless, as Jamie said, you're getting a RAID system, thunderbolt will just jack the price of whatever you're buying up without delivering a benefit to you for spending the extra money. I work off of a G-Drive external with a 7200RPM drive inside over USB 3.0 with no problems. I also shoot with the BMPCC and have never had an issue with this setup.

June 4, 2015 at 3:32PM, Edited June 4, 3:32PM

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Brendan Plake
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Look t this. I use the same and you can pull straight from it to FCPx
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081263-REG/g_technology_0g03594_...

March 2, 2017 at 4:53PM

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Michael Militscher
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