Troubleshooting FCP

If Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier is misbehaving (won’t launch, buttons don’t work, video plays back as green blocks, inexplicable errors etc), corrupt preferences are often to blame. The issue is so common that at one point, the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group sold a t-shirt that said “Trash Your Preferences.” Try these steps to fix the problem.

  1. Quit and re-open FCP. Sometimes that’s all it needs.
  2. Shut down your computer, completely power off all drives and accessories, and restart.
  3. If that doesn’t work, quit FCP and navigate to your home folder (NOT the root level of your hard disk, which confusingly also has a folder called Library) then to ~/Library/Preferences. Find either the Final Cut Pro User Data or Final Cut Pro Settings folder and move it to your desktop. If you have custom window layouts or keyboard shortcuts etc…, you can restore these manually later. Also find and delete FCP will take longer than usual to launch, and you will need to put back any custom settings (sequence presets, levels of undo, autosave interval etc…).
  4. If you can’t open a particular project, try restoring to a previous version of the project from the AutoSave vault.

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