Backups for Final Cut Pro Review

Backups for Final Cut Pro Review

The importance of backing up projects cannot be overstated. Imagine working on a video for several days, weeks, or even months without backing up. Then one day, the hard drive you were working from stops working, or the computer crashes, or the editing project becomes corrupted. Without having a backup, you’re most likely screwed. That is why I always make sure to back up everything. So, when I saw an application called Backups for Final Cut Pro, I was excited as to what it would offer for those who use FCPX.

Backups for Final Cut Pro is basically Time Machine for Final Cut Pro X. It takes “snapshots” (periodically or manually) of your Projects and Events and stores them safely in a location of your choosing. Here are some of my favorite features:

  • Lets you restore everything from a given snapshot or selected projects, folders, or events. You may select what drive to restore to.
  • 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 MediaShared Items, or FCP X’s own Backup folders as well.
  • Lets you see a list of all your backup snapshots and how much was backed up. You can delete old snapshots.
  • “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.
  • Plays well with Event Manager X and other Intelligent Assistance products.

I was given a copy of Backups for Final Cut Pro to review and I jumped at the opportunity.

Backups for Final Cut Pro

Backups for Final Cut Pro gives you a ton of options when setting up a backup. Choose a title and description, where you want the backups to live, what exactly you want backed up, and how often you want the Projects and Events backed up.

I like that I can have it set to automatically back up my files every few minutes in the background and also allow me to manually back it up. I could also use Backups for Final Cut Pro in place of duplicating projects for each client revision. Since it allows me to add comments for each “snapshot,” I can describe what has changed for each one.

During my tests, I decided to see how well the restore feature worked. I manually made a snapshot for one of my projects, made several changes to the timeline (removed clips, moved clips, added effects, etc.), and then took another snapshot. After closing FCPX, I pressed the restore button in Backups for Final Cut Pro and chose which snapshot I wanted to use based on the date, time, and description I wrote. Restoring was actually very simple; after a few moments Backups for Final Cut Pro had swapped out the new, revised project with the old, correct one. I opened up Final Cut and everything was restored perfectly.

There are a couple things I hope NP Associates LLC addresses in a future update. One is I would love the ability to select a snapshot and restore it as a duplicate project instead of replacing the current one. This would solve a workflow problem I have in terms of client revisions. Also, it would be handy if I can backup select projects instead of all Projects and Events on a drive. For now, since Backups for Final Cut Pro works well with Event Manager X, you can hide any projects you do not want backed up.

I spoke with NP Associates LLC about my suggestions and they said these are near the top of their to-do list. So, we should be seeing them in a future update.

So what’s the Verdict?

If you’re serious about video editing then you should be serious about backing up your projects and media. With Backups for Final Cut Pro, it does that for you in a simple yet very customizable way. Any editor who uses FCPX should definitely use Backups for Final Cut Pro.

You can find Backups for Final Cut Pro in the Mac App Store. For more information, visit their website.

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