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Backing up Final Cut Pro X automatically with Backups

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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.


'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.



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.





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!




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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

great house giveaway 2020

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.

Tour de france 2020
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.


BBC snooker the crucible

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.

Plugin Design & Development

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. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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