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Can/should you delete render files in the Finder or only inside FCP? 16 Jan 2021 19:01 #112136

Was making space and wondered if deleting render files from the finder (Library>show package) would be harmful vs. usual way from inside of FCP. Thanks.

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Can/should you delete render files in the Finder or only inside FCP? 16 Jan 2021 21:12 #112145

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Inside FCP is always best, or use Final Cut Library Manager from ArtcicWhitness. Even though I'm very comfortable with poking around in the Library package contents, I avoid it as much as possible. Accidents happen, and an accident inside that package could be disastrous.
www.arcticwhiteness.com/finalcutlibrarymanager/

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Can/should you delete render files in the Finder or only inside FCP? 16 Jan 2021 22:01 #112150

Thanks, I figured. It just seemed it'd be easier to do in the finder while I was in there.

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Can/should you delete render files in the Finder or only inside FCP? 17 Jan 2021 11:43 #112160

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Wondering wrote: Was making space and wondered if deleting render files from the finder (Library>show package) would be harmful vs. usual way from inside of FCP. Thanks.


What Ben said is correct. However if you use the library inspector Storage Locations>Modify Settings>Cache and designate an external folder to store the cache files, those are easier and safer to delete in Finder.

That is because they are all within a single bundle -- separate from the library. The cache bundle includes thumbnails, waveforms, optical flow analysis files and render cache. The entire bundle can be deleted. I normally do that when FCP is shut down.

But (as Ben said) the best solution is using Final Cut Library Manager -- especially if you have many libraries. Instead of treating each one separately, it scans them all and allows taking collective action on all.

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