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Backups for Final Cut Pro Frequently Asked Questions

What is the latest version of Backups for Final Cut Pro?

1.0.4. Supports Final Cut Pro X versions 10.1 and 10.1.1 libraries.

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How do I get updates?

Updates will be available through the Mac App Store application. The App Store will make free updates available automatically to those who have purchased it.

For personal support questions, contact NP Associates, LLC.

Where are the release notes about the latest version?

Release notes are here.

Can I see the actual help files for Backups for Final Cut Pro?

Yes! You may browse the actual help files here.

I purchased your app last year, when it was clear what service it provided. With FCP X 10.1, I no longer see why I need it. What am I missing?

Good question. It depends on your needs. Backups for FCP offers you a lot more control and options.

Let’s compare what FCP X does vs. Backups:

FCP X

  1. Backs up just your Event and Project work, to a single location for all drives.
  2. Fixed Backup interval of 20 minutes.
  3. You can only restore a whole library.
  4. FCP X does let you copy an individual project and rename it with your own conventions.

Backups for FCP

  1. You can back up different libraries or drives to different locations.
  2. Multiple backups to multiple locations. Working on a major project? You can never have too many backups.
  3. You can use it to back up the audio & video media held in FCP X libraries. You can’t really do this easily w/FCP X.
  4. More control over how often to backup. I personally set my backup interval to 3 or 5 minutes. That way, if I make an edit I’m not happy with, I don’t loose very much. Backups won’t back up anything unless things change, so I always leave it launched.
  5. You can make labeled checkpoints of your work. Say you’ve finished a rough cut and you’re about to do a whole bunch of color correction or do a major reedit. You can manually fire off a snapshot in Backups and label it “Rough cut of Eyebrow Wax Commercial completed.”. This way if your color correction looks horrible or your major reedit is a major mistake, you can restore to the snapshot you’ve labeled and you know exactly what you’re restoring to. I can never remember at what time, I did what, so restoring to a time stamp is fraught with uncertainty.
  6. The FCP X project copy is clunky. Unless you’re well organized your backup projects can get confusing. If you make a change to a compound clip used by more than one project, it effects both the current project and the backup!
  7. Backups new logging feature shows you exactly what has changed while you work. This can provide assurance and analysis.
  8. Continue development of new features in Backups. What’s coming in FCP X? Who knows?

If you’re a casual editor or not very pedantic these may not be compelling reasons. But if your a full time editor working on TV shows, movies, national ads or major documentaries the extra security and control provided by Backups makes using it an easy decision.

Are there any outstanding issues with Backups for Final Cut Pro?

  • Only certain file system types are supported. You may only backup volumes supported by Final Cut Pro X, itself. You may backup to drives formatted for Mac OS Extended, or network attached drives via afp:// or Xsan protocols. Drives and folders using unsupported file systems are greyed out in dialogs.

    You may not backup to network attached drives on systems running MacOS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).

    You normally may not backup to thumb drives unless you reformat them as Mac OS Extended.

    Backups for Final Cut Pro uses file modify dates to know which files to backup. Other disk formats do not store dates to the same precision as Mac OS Extended, so dates don't compare exactly. We recommend all drives be formatted for Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
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My attached drive disconnected unexpectedly. Now with it reattached, Backups for Final Cut Pro won't recognize it.

There is a strange OS X bug with attached drives and sandboxing. In this case, the drive takes on a new identity when reattached.

  • If this happens, we strongly suggest restarting your system. Relaunch Backups for Final Cut Pro.
  • If the backup operation to the drive in question is still light blue, you have to re-pick the drive to get Backups for Final Cut Pro to recognize it. Click on the down arrow button to see the Backup options.
  • A “Repick Source” button should show next to the Project/Event Source Volume. Click it and select the same drive as you were backing up before.
  • Click OK.

    The Backup operation will resume working for backups and restores.

How do I prevent Backups… from backing up my own files in the Projects folder?

To be safe, Backups… will backup anything in a project folder that it doesn't know about. But there are subfolders it won’t back up if you tell it.

Solution: Move the items you don’t want backed up into a subfolder of the project named “Shared Items”. That is where FCP X usually puts exports and other content it creates by default. Uncheck “Backup Shared Items Folders” in the backup options by clicking on the down arrow button. Then Backups… won't back up files in that folder.

Other files, outside “Shared Items” will continue to be backed up.

Why don't Motion Templates copy when I use the Restore To... option in Restore?

The Motion Templates folder may only be backed up from and restored to the boot volume. This is because it is stored in the user’s Movies folder disk area. Since there is only one volume that it may exist on, it doesn't make sense to allow restoring it to other volumes.

If Backups for Final Cut Pro did allow such a restore, it could wipe out a user's folder. So it is disallowed. We may put out a warning in a future release.

Is there support for backing up hidden Projects and Events?

Yes, this is now fixed in v1.0.1. V1.0.1 will always backup hidden Projects and Events as maintained by the program Event Manager x. A future version will give you control over that.

What is the difference between Backups and Archives

Backups, in computer terms, are safety copies of your work in case a file corruption or a bad edit happens that you may wish to recover from. Backups like those made by Backups for Final Cut Pro or Apple’s Time Machine® are composed of snapshots over time, so you can restore different versions. But snapshots eventually expire, so backups are not designed to be permanent.

Archives are permanent copies of your work, that are meant to preserve it forever, or at least until you explicitly erase them. An archive usually represents only one point in time.

Backups for Final Cut Pro only makes Backups. We plan on implementing Archiving in a future release.

Why is a Backup Operation “Grayed Out” in the Backups list?

This means that Backups for Final Cut Pro can not run the operation for one of several reasons. Usually it means the source volume or destination drive is not mounted and available. But sometimes it means that a volume has changed in the way OS X views it.

In that case, you have to click on the down arrow button for the operation to show its options and re-pick the source or destination volume as required. The drive will be shown in red and a “Repick” button will visible. Be careful to pick the same disk volume or folder you were previously using.

Additional tips?

  • Always leave Backups for Final Cut Pro launched. Set backup intervals for backups.

    It will automatically backup your work when files change but no snapshots will be created otherwise. Right click on its icon on the Dock and select “Open at Login”.

What features will be in future versions?

  • Being able to filter which Projects and Events to backup.
  • Specifying a different location for video and audio media vs. Project and Event data.
  • Providing cleanup and archiving functions right within the product.
  • Professional version: We expect to add additional maintenance and archiving functions for your Events and Projects.

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Who is NP Associates, LLC

The principals of NP Associates, LLC have been writing Macintosh software since 1986, and backup software since the early 1970’s.

We believe in writing the best software possible. Software consulting services are available.

NP Associates, LLC is a Limited Liability Company registered in the state of Connecticut, USA.

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