Where are project files stored?

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John Whiteway

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Where are project files stored?

PostWed Dec 14, 2016 1:40 am

Hi.

I'm familiar with Final Cut where when saving a project file you have the option and can see where it is stored (I, like most I suspect, created a "Project Files" folder). I can't seem to see a similar option in Resolve 12.5. And after I save a project I've been unable to find where it is located on my drive.

Any way I can create and specify a folder for project files? Any idea where I should look for the ones I've already created?

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John Whiteway

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Re: Where are project files stored?

PostSun Jul 16, 2017 9:07 pm

Still wondering.

I think I see now how one can store back-up Resolve's version of project files, but unless I know where the original ones are kept I can't really decide what hard drive to use. Don't want to end up putting them on the same drive that Resolve is using - would defeat the purpose.

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John
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Peter Chamberlain

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Re: Where are project files stored?

PostSun Jul 16, 2017 9:11 pm

Resolve uses a database for projects and they are generally stored on the system drive. You can export a project to any other drive or set up your default database storage to be where you like. There are details in the manual.
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John Whiteway

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Re: Where are project files stored?

PostMon Jul 17, 2017 2:05 am

Thanks Peter.

I suspected they are stored on the main drive along with the Resolve program, but wanted some confirmation. Have found the pages in the manual (p. 1162)that discuss Disk Data base as well as a few articles on line.

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Scott Heysen

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Re: Where are project files stored?

PostMon Jul 17, 2017 3:08 pm

Hi John,
because you mentioned FCP, I have to assume that you are running a Mac.
Try looking here:
Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Resolve Disk Database/Resolve Projects/Users/guest/Projects
If that is not exactly where it is, at least you should be close depending on who you are as a Resolve User (Guest, Admin, John etc).
The other assumption is that you are not using the Apple Store version of Resolve.
An investing trick is that you can place your original Projects folder in your iCloud folder and create a Symlink of your Projects folder and place it where your Projects folder should be, you can have access to your projects on any Mac that has Resolve, and has access to your iCloud (and a well placed Symlink). If you don't know what a Symlink is, I'd suggest forgetting about this tip as I don't want to feel responsible if you end up not getting it to work.
The above trick also does come at a slight cost. Due to the way iCloud shares out its files, you can end up with multiples of the same project, but the duplicates appear as empty folders, not projects. So occasionally you have to go through the iCloud folder structure and delete the 6kb (or 0kb) folders for a clean working space. Obviously if you have the full Studio version you don't have to do this and you can have the same project being worked on at the same time etc, so that is the best way, but for the free version its a cheap slightly messy way of having access to you projects from multiple machines. YMMV.
Scott.
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