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How to install FCPX and keep Final Cut Pro 7 on the same drive. The official Apple way

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I think we have all realised today that maybe keeping your copy of FCP7 close by is handy. If you haven't partitioned a disk or have multiple boot drives installed, Apple have an official procedure to get both versions working.

Apple released a support document to show the correct way that FCPX should be installed on a system that has FCP7 already.

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 v10.6.7
    • 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 v10.6.7 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. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Click the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the window.
  6. When prompted, type your administrator password.
  7. For the "admin" entry, click the current privilege setting and choose "Read & Write." Close the Get Info window.
  8. Drag the contents of the Final Cut Studio folder into the Applications folder.
  9. Open Motion 4 (now located in the Applications folder). After it opens completely, quit Motion 4.

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