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Moving to FCP X without giving up FCP 7

John DeMaio on March 17, 2012 - 10:17 pm in General, Quick Tips

I decided to take the plunge today and purchase FCP X after giving the trial a once-over. I get a lot of work for both Avid and FCP 7 but lately I have been asked about FCP X – so it’s time to start learning something new.

I don’t have a great deal of experience yet, so there’s nothing new to report about how it works for me. However, I did hit a stumbling block right off the bat that I thought I’d share. I wanted to run both FCP 7 and FCP X on the same system. It says that you can do that. So I purchased FCP X from the App Store.

I didn’t read anything…which was dumb…and I just purchased the app. Then I go to run FCP 7 and FCP X started. Upon further inspection, the old FCP 7 application was gone from my Applications folder. Panic sets in….

Thank God for Google…there’s a simple fix to all of this.  If you install FCP X with FCP 7 (or FCP Studio 3) installed, the installer will move all of the Studio 3 apps into their own folder. Follow these simple steps to fix the problem and run both programs on the same Mac:

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 FCP 7 (now located in the Applications folder). After it opens completely, you are now able to use both FCP 7  and FCP X.

Here’s the original Apple support article.

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  • April 3, 2012

    Great tip. Thanks for the help.

    Tyler Gates