backups fcpx

Let's face it, backing up is hardly the glamorous part of editing and data management, yet it is an essential one. This new $17.99 application called Backups from NP Associates will give every FCPX editor an extra safety net.

We have had to rescue a project from the Autosave folder many a time when working on FCP7. Sometimes things get corrupted or deleted so it is always handy to have a copy of a previous version of a cut or project to go back to.

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'Backups for Final Cut Pro performs timed and manual snapshots of all your FCP X Projects and Events only it gives you more control. It is similar to the automatic backup feature of Final Cut Pro 7 only more!'

All sounds like a jolly good idea if it can at least offer the functionality of that Autosave folder. Good to see that it also backups Motion projects in the templates folder, we have many a time accidentally written over files thinking we were saving new versions of graphics.

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What can Backups for Final Cut Pro Do?

  • Periodically or manually backs up all your Final Cut Pro X Projects and Events as snapshots. You control how often. You control what drives to back up.
  • Consolidates all your Final Cut Pro X data in one place for easy backup and archiving to additional devices.
  • It gives you control. You can control how much to backup. You can control what to restore.
  • Lets you restore everything from a given snapshot or selected projects, folders, or events.
  • Forgot why you made a backup? Add a description to each snapshot describing why you made it. Very handy!
  • You can back up just the project and event files themselves or add Media, Shared Items, or FCP X's own Backup folders as well.
  • Backs up and restores saved Motion projects in your Motion Templates folder.
  • Ignores Render files. These are easily regenerated.
  • Lets you move folders, projects or events across drives. You can designate what drive to restore to.
  • Backups are incremental. Only changes since the previous backup operation are added to an archive.
  • Lets you see a list of all your backup snapshots and how much was backed up. You can delete old snapshots.
  • You control backing up Backups for Final Cut Pro’s archives to other media.
  • “Safe” snapshots. Only completed snapshots are retained. Available disk space is checked before the backup begins.
  • “Safe” restores. If to a local drive, replaced files are placed in the Trash—they are never deleted. If a failure occurs during a restore, the previous files are put back in place.*

*The Restore process can not recover from the target drive failing or going offline, although you may repeat a restore after the drive is returned to service.

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As always we would love to hear from you if you've used Backups, please post in the comments below. Although we would love to see a robust incremental backup facility built into FCPX, this fills the gap in the meantime. Now you have no excuse for losing any work!