Read this before installing Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4

Read this before installing Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

  • Last Modified: June 23, 2011
  • Article: HT4722
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Summary

It is strongly recommended that you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 on a startup disk that does not have Final Cut Studio (2009) already installed.

Products Affected

Compressor 4, Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X

If your Mac has only one hard disk and it already has Final Cut Studio (2009) installed on it, you can partition the hard disk to create a separate startup volume to install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4. For instructions, see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition”.

If you must install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), see the section below titled “Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009).”

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on a new partition

  1. To create a new partition of your hard disk, follow instructions in Partitioning a disk. The partition must be large enough to contain all the files required by the version of Mac OS X you are installing, the applications you install, and enough room for projects and media.Note: By default, Final Cut Pro X saves imported and rendered media files in your Movies folder in your home folder (/Users/username/Movies/). Final Cut Pro X Templates (generators, effects, titles, & transitions) and Motion Templates created in Motion 5, are saved to the Movies folder as well.
  2. Install Mac OS X on the new disk partition by inserting the Mac OS X install media and double-clicking the Install Mac OS X icon.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. In the pane where you select a disk, select the disk partition you just created in step 1.
  4. If you want to control which parts of Mac OS X are installed, click Customize, and then select the parts you want to install.
  5. To start the installation, click Install.
  6. Start up your system from the new startup volume.
  7. From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
    • Mac OS X v10.6.8
    • ProKit Update Version 7.0
  8. Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.
  9. From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update to download ProApps QuickTime codecs and the Final Cut Pro X or Motion supplemental content.

You can now use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from this new startup volume. You can also restart on the other startup volume to use Final Cut Studio (2009).

Install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same disk as Final Cut Studio (2009)

This is not the preferred method, but you can use it if you are unable to install on a separate partition.

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:
    • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • ProKit Update Version 7.0
    • The latest versions of the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications
  2. Purchase Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 from the Mac App Store. The app you purchase will begin downloading automatically, and the app icon will be added to your Dock with a progress bar below the app icon. Once the app is done installing, the progress bar below the app icon will go away.

    When you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same startup disk as Final Cut Studio (2009), the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications are moved to a new location (/Applications/Final Cut Studio).

  3. To verify that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications operate correctly, open Motion 4, and then quit Motion 4.

    Important: Make sure to open Motion 4 first, before opening any other Final Cut Studio (2009) applications.

    You can now use Final Cut Studio (2009) and Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system, from the same startup disk.

    Note: Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, Software Updates for Final Cut Studio (2009), and some third-party workflows and tools may require that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications remain in their original location in the Applications folder.

Restore the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location

Follow these steps to move the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications to their original location while still being able to use Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same system.

  1. Create a folder called “Final Cut Pro X” (without quotations) in your Applications folder.
  2. Drag the Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 apps into the Final Cut Pro X folder you created.
  3. When prompted, type your administrator password.
  4. Locate the Final Cut Studio folder in the Applications folder. Modify the permissions on the Final Cut Studiofolder by selecting it and choosing File > Get Info.
  5. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of “Sharing & Permissions” to show the permissions for the  Final Cut Studio folder (if they are not already visible).
  6. Click the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the window.
  7. When prompted, type your administrator password.
  8. For the “admin” entry, click the current privilege setting and choose “Read & Write.” Close the Get Info window.
  9. Drag the contents of the Final Cut Studio folder into the Applications folder.
  10. Open Motion 4 (now located in the Applications folder). After it opens completely, quit Motion 4.

15 Comments

  1. Maarten 6 years ago

    “From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install the following updates if they appear in the list:

    Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later”

    Better read up on possible bugs if you own a Quadro 4000 card, my second screen is gone again and running into all sorts of trouble with Safari, including opening this webpage.

    • Maarten 6 years ago

      Ok it gets worse: final Cut 7 is now not even starting up anymore because according to FCP I have no VRAM and no quartz Extreme capable card.

      Please hold on posting “read before installing” stuff unless you REALLY know the consequences because now I’m basically screwed on one machine until NVidia fixes the drivers.

      • Maarten 6 years ago

        ok drop the last comment, found a beta that solves the issue. 🙂

        • Catherine 6 years ago

          Hi Maarten

          I’m having the same issue with the FCP 7 message not recognizing the Quartz Extreme card after upgrading to 10.7.2. I’d love to know what your solution was – can’t figure it out!

  2. Scott Horn 6 years ago

    I’m still running FCP6 (FC Studio 2). I know, pity me. Should I have the same install concerns? I haven’t bought FCPX yet but Motion 5 seems to be running fine and far as I can tell so far it hasn’t caused an issue with FCP6.

  3. David Moor 6 years ago

    One missing piece – why is it recommended to install FCP X on a separate partition rather than on the partition with FCP 7? What’s the conflict? Their PR blurb said they could co-exist.

    • Josh Mellicker 6 years ago

      Good question, I am not sure, but probably has something to do with shared files between the old and new applications.

  4. Spidermitch 6 years ago

    I was unaware of these instructions. I, like another commenter, was still using FCS2. I just purchased FCPX and Motion and everything installed without issue. I can run any of the apps from FCS2 without problem. I’m also wondering why the need to use a separate partition or even move the applications on the same partition?? I was planning on rebuilding the machine one Lion came out, so I will probably follow these instruction, but still curious as to “why?”

    • Rocky Thompson 6 years ago

      I am still on studio 2. I was told not to install Lion until it is proven to work with FCP 6.

  5. adam 6 years ago

    I followed the procedure for installing fcp x and fcp 7 on the same drive until I got to the part where I was supposed to open Motion 4 first. As it turns out i forgot i didn’t install Motion on my MBP, meaning I can’t open it first. Any ideas on that situation?

    • Josh Mellicker 6 years ago

      If you want to be safe, you might want to install Motion. If you uncheck all the content it will install fairly quickly.

  6. Robert 6 years ago

    What a clusterf@ck this has become – turned my phone off due to the frenzy of cohorts who recklessly installed and now regret it. Apple?
    Steve? Can you hear the moaning?

  7. Cam 6 years ago

    I recommend installing on a partitioned drive, or run your editing drive of an external drive for your work. I had an issue where my imac 27inch i7 quad core was running slow(like really super slow, and nothing i could do was speeding it up) on my internal and struggling with fcpx, taking for ever to do anything. Then i installed fcpx+loin on my new external drive, and just use that drive for work activities, and it runs at lighting speeds. So if your having issues with FCPX run it on a new OSX on an external drive.

    Tip. External Drive must at least be firewire 800 capable.

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