What is the best way for one to cover one's a** when upgrading to a newer version?
I have been working on a documentary for over 18 months and would like to upgrade to 10.4.4 for the newer color correction tools. After backing up the entire 10.3.3 Library to an external drive, can I create a partition on the internal hard drive (2018 tricked out iMac, assets are on a Pegasus T3 Raid array), load 10.4.4 on the new partition and see if the Library updates correctly?
I know, I know, the bet thing is not to upgrade, but just seeing what my options are.
Advice appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Covering the bases for an upgrade
29 Dec 2018 09:34 #98351
It should be OK to upgrade -- I upgraded mine in the middle of a large documentary. However it's best to take precautions.
Save a copy of the "Final Cut Pro.app" bundle in your /Applications folder. Also save a copy of each library you might want to revert.
It's best to have a complete disk backup of your system drive, whether Time Machine or clone with Carbon Copy, etc. The Time Machine backup is a trusted source for T2-based machines. In the rare case an iMac Pro or new MacBook Pro with a T2 chip won't boot (inc'l external device or net-based install) due to the "Secure Boot" facility, they will accept a Time Machine backup.
I suggest also running Disk Utility First Aid on each disk to make sure they are OK. Also verify you have sufficient free space on each drive.
Before the upgrade, you can also export a project XML, event XML and library XML. These will probably never be needed, but help record the current state of your work.
FCPX automatically keeps "lean" library backups in /Movies/Final Cut Backups. These are not usually overwritten but if you want to preserve the current backup set, you can copy those to some external media. You have already backed up the library -- this is just a "belts and suspenders" approach.
If you use plugins, those are a possible source of incompatibility after an upgrade. You could check you have the latest version of your plugins. Unfortunately there is no standardized way to do this. The procedure is different for each plugin.
In general 10.4.x might be better tested on Mojave, so if you aren't already on that you might consider upgrading that also. However it should run OK on High Sierra.
Make sure you are on the latest version of Apple Pro Video Formats, which is 2.0.7. Starting with Mojave that is upgraded from System Preferences>Software Update.
Overall FCPX 10.4.x has been reliable -- at least on my iMac Pro. On my top-spec 2017 iMac 27 I had a lot of FCPX crashes when using multiple color corrections while using the scopes. I never lost any data or edits. There were always GPU-related functions in the stack trace, so maybe it was hardware, but I've seen a similar report from another editor. Since then I do the heavy work on my iMac Pro and FCPX usually doesn't crash, even when doing many color corrections.
I did have a couple of recent crashes which were apparently caused by the Imagenomic Portraiture plugin, which I reported to Imagenomic yesterday.