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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 15:02 #111975

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I lost the original video files. I still have the .fcpbundle file. This file is 16 GB in size, so I think it contains the original files. There are many large files in the folder 'High Quality Media'. Are these the original files and can I open them?

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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 15:36 #111976

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Yes, those should be the originals, you should be able to open them.

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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 15:59 #111977

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I am unable to open those files. Can you tell me how to open them?

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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 16:45 #111978

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In FCP if you select one of the missing clips (which are probably red), then select File>Relink>Original Media -- but do NOT click anything on that dialog -- at the bottom it will show the pathname FCP is expecting to see the file.

If that is within an .fcpbundle, it is internal and should be available. If the pathname points to someplace on disk *outside* the library where that file formerly was, then it was imported with "leave files in place". The only thing left in the library are symlinks to the former file locations. In that case the 16GB size of the library is probably cache files which are not useful in this situation.

If you ever created proxies, those should still exist within the library. They will be lower resolution but should match frame-for-frame to the original media.

If none of that works and you are running Time Machine, the files may be backed up there.

Edit/Add: for APFS volumes, Time Machine might make local snapshots even if you have not connected a dedicated Time Machine backup drive. If done with 24 hrs it might be possible to recover deleted files, but I've never tried it:  www.imore.com/how-us-time-machine-local-...data-your-mac-laptop

If the volume is HFS+ (MacOS Extended Journaled) and if the data is vital, I'd suggest discontinuing any write operations on the disk and consider data recovery. There are 3rd party tools like Disk Warrior, also commercial data recovery services. Those only potentially work on HFS+, not APFS.

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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 17:29 #111979

None of these are the original media. In the library bundle there are two High Quality Media folders. One is in Transcoded Media, and the other is in Render Files. The files in Transcoded media can be opened; the files in Render Files cannot. 

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High Quality Media 07 Jan 2021 19:03 #111980

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Ah, I missed the "High Quality" part, which does indicate optimized or proxy. "Original Media" is what I was thinking... ugh...

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