Keeping a Copy of Your Project in an Older Format
When you open an older project, Final Cut Pro updates the format to the current
version. However, the updated project only exists within the Final Cut Pro application,
not on disk, until you save it. This means you can save a copy of the project in the
current version and still keep the older one on disk.
To keep a backup of your project in its original format:
In the Finder, choose a project from an earlier version of Final Cut Pro, then choose
File > Duplicate (or press Command-D).
If you want, you can rename both the original or the duplicated project to indicate its
version number. For example, you can add “_v5” to the end of a project file associated
with Final Cut Pro 5.
Open the duplicated project in Final Cut Pro, then choose File > Save.
You can open and use projects created with earlier versions of Final Cut Pro and
Final Cut Express, but you need to specify how you want Final Cut Pro to handle the
color space in these files.
Backing Up and Restoring Projects