X-Wiper Removes Unwanted Files Before Archiving FCPX Projects

January 9, 2014

by Helge Tjelta

x-wipe FCPX

A new application from Norwegian developer Helge Tjelta helps by deleting unwanted media so that FCPX projects and events can be archived.

FCPX projects and events do tend to grow in size quickly, it could be unwanted rushes, camera originals or even render files that add gigabytes. X-Wiper is a new $14.99 application that looks at the Final Cut Pro X databases and removes unwanted files before archiving. The idea is to remove everything that can be recreated again.

We pick up Helge’s description from the App Store:

You can choose to delete: render files, proxy files, high quality media files and optical flow files. All of which can be generated if needed later.  Only folders of more then 100MB will be checked for deleting by default.

You just don’t want to archive to much data. So this app will help you clean up your Disc, SparseImage, Movie folder or SAN location. You can toggle all on/off, by using the header for each type of files.

An example: A film shot with a Panasonic AG-f100 camera, makes AVCHD folder of 8,7 GB. On importing to FCPX you get a new 8.7 GB just on the import. This is you extracted original recording. But were are still in H.264 land of codecs. You want to use a more power friendly codec, and you do a transcode to ProRes for editing/online. Now you have a transcoded folder of 60 GB!

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x-wipe FCPX GUI small

Add to this, your renders for both events and projects. Now, if you duplicate you project and have, say version 1, version2 etc, then you quickly get some GB’s per project, depending on how long the movie will be… Just say 2 versions and 5 GB each..

So, you started with 8,7 GB and ends up with over 80 GB when the project is finished….. how then to get back to what you really need for you archive ?  Instead of manually choose all projects and event and remove render files, just use X-wiper and drop you main-folder onto it. Now you can delete all render files, and transcoded files and more, in one go.

Sounds like a great little application that again benefits from the accessible databases within FCPX. We have all deleted a file in the finder that we thought wasn’t in use when media managing, so using the automatic features of X-Wiper might be great for housekeeping, archiving and backup.

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