Sometimes using Final Cut Pro X may go not as smoothly as you’ve planned, and you may face certain lags and other issues. To fix the problems fast and effectively, use our detailed pro recommendations for Final Cut Pro X troubleshooting. Follow the tips in the exact order they are listed below until the issue is fixed or isolated on your Mac. Before you proceed, remember to do a fresh backup of your media files, Final Cut Pro X libraries, and the Final Cut Pro X app itself.
Restart the Mac
Having restarted your Mac, you will also reset the system resources related to Final Cut Pro X. To have Mac restarted, launch Apple menu, click Restart, open Final Cut Pro X once again, and then try to reproduce the issue.
Get all external devices disconnected
An external device that malfunctions or is incompatible might cause certain issues in Final Cut Pro X. To have the external devices tested:
- Shut your Mac down.
- Disconnect any external devices, but for your mouse and the keyboard.
- Get NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory) reset. This only has to be done when you disconnect the external devices from your Mac for the first time.
- Launch Final Cut Pro, then try to have your issue reproduced. If the issue doesn’t occur anymore, connect the external devices back to your Mac; plug them in one by one, till the issue After you reconnect a device, restart Mac if it is required by the device.
If you see the issue occur only when you connect a certain external device, you should either service or update it. Contact the device’s manufacturer.
Check the documentation of Final cut Pro X
Check on the Final Cut Pro X Help website, to ensure that the app works the way it’s expected to. On the site, you can find information regarding error messages, alert icons, or key terms alerts.
Check the requirements of your Mac’s OS
Check if your Mac computer meets the system requirements of the Final Cut Pro X.
Update to the latest version of the Final Cut Pro X
Before you get the latest update of the Final Cut Pro X, make sure to backup all of your libraries, as well as the app itself. If the update doesn’t help to solve your issue, a fresh backup will let you go back to the state in which the app and your libraries have been previously.
To check if the version of the Final Cut Pro X you are using is the latest one, launch Apple menu, go to the App Store, and click the button Updates in its toolbar. If you can see a fresh version available, download and then install it by clicking the button Update.
Verify the Pro Video Formats installation
Check if you have installed the Pro Video Formats.
Check on compatibility of media and your device
Make sure if the device, the format of media, and the format of the external storage device are compatible. To get support, contact the device/devices manufacturer. If there’s a fresh software update available for your device, follow the instructions of the manufacturer to have the firmware updated for such devices as a camera or an external storage device. You can also update the drivers for such devices as an interface.
Check on compatibility of software
If you use a plug-in and any other types of software that weren’t developed by Apple with the Final Cut Pro, you should ensure that it is compatible with the version of the Final Cut Pro you currently use. To get support, get in contact with the software’s manufacturer. If there’s a fresh update available, follow their instructions to get your software updated.
Use another Mac user account
Switch to the other Mac user account, and try to launch Final Cut Pro X there.
Use a new project and library to test it
First, create a brand new project and library, next try to get the issue reproduced by using known-good media (the media which you have successfully used in your other projects). In case the problem can’t be reproduced by using such media, means that your issue can relate to the media files in other projects that were affected. Get new copies of such media from their original source.
Reset the preferences of Final Cut Pro X
Having the app’s preferences reset won’t affect any media, projects, or libraries on your Mac. Remember though that all preferences set by a customer will roll back to the default initial settings.
Before you reset the preferences, launch Final Cut Pro, and go to Preferences, to note all specific app’s settings that you have made. Once the preferences are reset, you can return to custom settings and adjust them once again. Check on the overview of the Final Cut Pro app’s preferences, to get more info on various preferences.
To reset custom preferences in the Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and later versions, do the following:
- Quit the app Final Cut Pro.
- Press the shortcut Option and Common keys by holding them down, and launch Final Cut Pro.
- Click the Delete Preferences section.
- Try to have your issue reproduced. If it doesn’t occur anymore, go to the preferences of Final Cut Pro and apply your settings to them once again.
Remove Final Cut Pro X and have it reinstalled
To remove Final Cut Pro X from your Mac and have it reinstalled, do the following:
- Open Finder, click Go and Applications.
- Locate the app Final cut Pro, and then drag its icon into the Trash.
- Find Final Cut Pro x in the App Store and reinstall it. You can also restore the app from your backup: in this case, you should either restore it from the backup in Time Machine or drag the app’s icon from a location where it’s stored to Mac’s folder Applications.
We hope that our tips will help you to fix, isolate, and troubleshoot any issues with the Final Cut Pro X easily.