Saving and Opening Archives

An archive is a compressed duplicate of the project that’s stored within the project bundle itself. For efficiency, the archive file lacks the thumbnail and Still Store image files that the full version of the project contains. Archives only save the state of the internal project file, Timeline, shot settings, grades, corrections, keyframes, and Pan & Scan settings, which are easily compressed and occupy little space.

Whenever you manually save your project, an archive is automatically created that is named using the date and time at which it was saved. If you want to save an archive of your project at a particular state with a more easily identifiable name, you can use the Save Archive As command.

To save an archive of the project with a specific name
  1. Choose File > Save Archive As (or press Command-Option-S).

  2. Type a name into the Archive Name field, then click Archive.

There is no limit to the number of archives you can save, so the archives list can grow quite long. Archives are compressed using both .tar and .gzip (a “tarball”) so they take up little room. All archive files for a particular project are saved in the Archives subdirectory inside that project bundle.

Later, if anything should happen to your project file’s settings, or if you want to return the project to a previously archived state, you can load one of the archive files.

To open an archive
  1. Choose File > Load Archive (or press Command-Option-O).

  2. Select an archive to open from the Load Archive window, then click Load Archive.

    Opening an archive overwrites the current state of the project with that of the archive.