In FCP library properties set the media to be inside the library. Then run the consolidate function to copy everything into the library. FCP will use hard links for everything on the same drive so the media isn't duplicated. You only need the original media, not optimized or proxies. You can recreate those if you need them later. Just make sure the driver be isn't too full. The cache bundle can be dumped at any time. FCP will rebuild them.
1. Question: For each project do I go to the "Modify Settings" and choose "FCP-Libraries" or do I choose "Library" (these Media folders already are in the "Library" folder) or "Choose" and find the specific Library for the project that I'm archiving? Sorry, not clear on that.
2. I will toss the "Optimized Media" folders. Can you please tell me why these folders are there? Shouldn't they be in their respective Library folders? How do I avoid this happening in the future?
3. I will toss the Cache folders. I have Final Cut Library Manager... I thought it would get rid of all the extra stuff. Is that still a valid program with all the improvements in FCP?
Thanks again for all your help with this, and other issues that you have so kindly helped me with in the past!!
The problem jets are part of an event and are included in the library. In library properties you use modify settings for the whole library.
You end up with a folder structure like you have when you select a drive as the storage location for your media. FCP creates those folders for original, optimized, and proxy. Those folders are normally inside the library of you used managed media, or in a designated folder for the media, rather than the root level of the drive.