1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Copy all relevant files to external hard drive.
That's it really. No different from backing up any other files.
If you happen to not have an organized dir structure for your projects (get phots from one place audio from anbother, captured slips from another...) you can use Project Manager feature to help do that.
Select Project Manager from PPRO and there is an option in it to consolidate all your assets to one folder. You can run this and copy them directly to your external drive if you like as a backup. Depending on the media you use, it can also trim clips and exclude clips you didnt use.
Will this also save the project pproj file with it? If I was to backup files everynite do I just need to backup the pproj file to an external or is there a way to do this everynite more efficiently.
Thanx I did read this John. I guess I am trying to find out if I have the original files on an external drive how do I save the end of day edits to that drive?
Do I just save the pproj files to the external drive and this will have all my info without having to resend my video files from my scratch drives back to the external as well since they are the same thing. Correct? So end of day I just send the project files and not the scratch drive videos to external that has the original videos already.
Hopefully this isn't sounding confusing. If so I apologize.
I often edit to/from externals, but my reason is to migrate the entire Projects between computers.
I first set the drive letter for each external, to the same, unique drive letter, in the OS of each computer.
I then structure my Project, pretty much to that layout in the article. Everything (Copies of my library Assests, and not my originals) is within that folder structure. I do my Saves (for the PRPROJ files) to their Project folders, and at the end of a busy day, will almost always do a Save_As, or Save_As_a_Copy (similar, but with some differences), to that root Project folder. Everything stays on that external HDD. For a bit more detail on Saves and Project files, this ARTICLE has more info.
When I finish a Project, I use Project Manager, to archive the entire Project, but usually do not archive the Media Cache, or Render files, as PrPro will recreate the Media Cache files, if I ever revisit that Project, and it would be most likely that I would need only different Render files, should I change something. Note: this is after I believe that the Project is done. However, one could use Project Manager, to do "backups" during an edit, but I would only do it at major points.