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Modul8 quick tip: Keep track of your files with links

All users of Modul8 encounter the problem of keeping track of files in their projects I suppose. Sometimes you want to reuse media in new projects without creating extra copies of them and thereby cluttering your hard drive. Still you want the media collected in the same folder as the project in order to not break anything if you rename or move the original. You might think that creating an alias of the media would work, but Modul8 doesn’t import aliases.

I found another solution in the Terminal command for creating ‘hard links’. A hard link works a bit like an alias except it appears to be an actual file and it works in Modul8. In reality there is only one copy of the movie taking up space. And even if you rename, move or delete the original file the new file will continue to work.
EDIT: One caveat I found is that if you use Time Machine and need to restore from a backup your hard links will be gone. This is the same for a number of backup applications.

What you do is this:

    1. Start up the Terminal app
    2. Write the command ln followed by the full path to the source file followed by the full path to the destination file (the link). Like this: ln /Users/Udart/Movies/originalmovie.mov /Users/Udart/Movies/NewProject/newmovie.mov
    3. Hit enter and the file is created and looks and acts as a normal movie file.

Tip: Write ln and then drag the source file in to the terminal window instead of typing. Similarly drag the destination folder to the Terminal and manually type a slash (/) plus the new filename. Remember a space between the command and the file path.

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