Tip #1313: Copy a Library as Proxy-only

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1313: Copy a Library as Proxy-only

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Proxy-only libraries are small, fast and easy to share.

The “Copy to Library” dialog box, with settings to create a Proxy Library.

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I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar covering the new features in Apple Final Cut Pro v. 10.5.

A new feature in Final Cut 10.5 is the ability to create a proxy-only Library. This is extremely useful when you need to share a library with a remote editor who doesn’t already have access to the project’s media.

Here’s how.

  • Control-click an existing library you want to share in the Library List to the left of the Browser.
  • Choose Copy to Library > New Library

NOTE: You can also copy one library into another library, for example, to consolidate files.

  • In the resulting window, check the Proxy checkbox.

This copies all library databases, events, projects into a new library. It duplicates any existing proxy files – though doesn’t create new proxies – and vastly reduces the size of the new library, making it much easier to send via the web to another editor.


There are a number of other settings in this window. Read more about what this can do in Apple’s Final Cut Pro Help.

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