do I have to save the project when I have saved the file to mp4 ?

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Anita Edvinsson

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Joe Morgan

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If this is a one off production.
Meaning you won't be updating, changing, opening or exporting the project again.
What's the point?
You can always save a copy of the completed video for archiving. Provided you're looking to save a copy as a backup.

Saving the project is rather pointless if you know you're done with it permanently.
Its a good practice to save it just before rendering.
Once you've produced the video and watched it. And are satisfied with the results. The project files lose there significance.

Regards,Joe
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Rick Stone

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In addition to what Joe offered, I'll just add that from my own experience it's ALWAYS a good idea to save the project.

I can't begin to tell you the number of times I honestly *THOUGHT* I was creating a "one off" type of video. Only to discover down the road that I should make a change to it or use some facet of it in a different video.

Cheers... Rick :)
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David Bookbinder

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Disk space is cheap. Time is not. And "finished," is frequently subjective.
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rg

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For many projects, I typically kill any interim project files but save a "cleanup" or "golden" version -- removing tracks that ended up unused, pruning the media bin of unused files, etc.  This is because clients may request updates/changes (sometimes minor adjustments, e.g. replacing the company logo with the newest iteration, or  inserting a "non distribution" billboard at the head).  However, always bear in mind that if you move the assets to another folder, you will need to update every moved asset if you re-open the project file.