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How to Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Another Computer

Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Another Computer

One of the most common questions people ask me is:

“How do you move a Final Cut Pro video project to another computer?”

It’s a good question. And there’s more than one way to handle it.

Probably the most simple solution is to start by making sure you have everything in one library package.

This video demonstrates what I mean:

Once you’ve ensured you have everything in the one library package (source media, motion templates, etc.), it’s simple to drag that library file to an external drive for transferring to another computer.

Once you have it on the other computer, double-click on it to open it.

At that point, things should be ready for you to continue working.

10 thoughts on “How to Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Another Computer

  1. Thanks for a very informative video. Can I ask two questions please?
    Q1: would this also be a good way to archive jobs?
    Q2: I noticed FCP creates some huuuge files when rendering a video. Would those files also be included in the library folder I’d created using your instructions? (I worry about filling my small SSD up with project files).
    Thanks. Roger

    1. Sure thing.

      1. Yes, you could archive video projects this way. It’s one of the reasons I create a new Library for every project I work on — though I don’t personally keep all the media inside the Library file. I have another video (in the member library), that shows my personal archiving process.

      2. And yes, the render files and optimized media files would be included in the Library, but you can select the Library in Libraries Sidebar, click the File menu, and “Delete Generated Media” if you want to save space before archiving.

      That one tip alone should really help you save the space on your hard drives! I hope it’s useful to you. :)

  2. Thanks so much Izzy, you’ve made things very clear (as you always do).
    So I’ve worked on my laptop during the day, transferred the library across to my iMac as you’ve indicated so I can work on it at home, but what do I do the next morning when I want to go back to my laptop?
    I’m thinking because additional imports, editing, etc. has been done, I would need to go through the process in reverse back to my laptop, but first of all I trash the Library I had on my laptop the day before. Yes?
    Thanks again for your time and expertise.

    Peter L

    1. Yes, that’s what I would do. Be careful about trashing a library until you’re 100% certain you have everything you need.

      Best of luck!

      1. Amen to that. After trashing no longer need file, inadvertently trash my permanent processor theme immediately erased the trash. Ouch!

  3. I have Final Cut Pro on my laptop and I’ll be buying another iMac soon, how do I install final cut pro on both computers? Do they need to be under the same apple ID or no?

    1. Yes, use the same account for the app store for both computers and then it’s as easy as re-downloading it from the Mac app store.

  4. Great tutorial. Of course, I did not do this before I made all of my edits, so I am anxiously awaiting your next tutorial on what to do if you didn’t do this all in advance. Any quick tips now on how to move all of my purchased effects plugins and templates that need to be with the software now that I’m on a new and much faster computer? thanks, ab

    1. this

  5. I suppose there is an easy one: If you work on FCP on 2 or more macs, save your library (whole project) on an external drive. Keep it connected on one Mac the connect and open on another. In this case you might not need to copy paste at all.
    Hope it will work for you.

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