Exporting a Final Cut Pro Project

You can always export a copy of a Final Cut Pro project for editing, even if a project is locked or checked out by another user. Exporting without a transcode yields a simple copy of the project and its media, ready for editing.

Important: Exported project files cannot be checked in or otherwise referenced to the original Final Cut Pro project asset. If you want to track an exported Final Cut Pro project in Final Cut Server, you must upload it as a new asset.

To export a copy of a Final Cut Pro project
  1. Control-click the Final Cut Pro project asset, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Export Final Cut Pro window, choose a location to save the exported Final Cut Pro project file and its media to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

    Note: To avoid losing track of exported projects, you can create a “Checked out Final Cut Server Projects” or similar folder on the desktop or in another convenient location.

  3. If the Edit Proxy feature has not been turned on, original media will be used by default. If the Edit Proxy feature has been turned on, choose Original Media or Edit Proxy from the Use pop-up menu.

    This defines the media type that will be used while you’re editing the project.

  4. If you want local copies of the media used in the project, select the Keep Media with Project checkbox.

    Figure. Check Out Final Cut Pro Project window showing the "Keep Media with Project" checkbox.
  5. Click the Export button.

A copy of the project file is exported to the location you specified in the Export Final Cut Pro window.

Important: Remember, you cannot check an exported Final Cut Pro project file back in to Final Cut Server. If you want to track this exported copy in Final Cut Server, you must upload the project file as a new asset.