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TOPIC: How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6

How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 22 Mar 2020 02:57 #105485

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Hey Everyone, hoping someone can help...

I have an older iMac from mid 2010. It’s still running great so I’d like to avoid buying another one. My FCP7 finally crashed and couldn’t get it running again so I figured that was a sign to finally upgrade to X. I upgraded to High Sierra 10.13.6 which seems to be the most recent OS my iMac will handle. Feeling excited to finally download X, I go to the App Store, click on FCP X and it tells me I can’t install because I need macOS version 10.14.6 or later. Noooooooooooo!

So, now my OS is too new to run FCP7 but too old to install FCPX.

Do I have any options for installing any version of FCP on my setup? I’m not super tech savvy so any options that involve setting up some sort of partition or wall are going to go right over my head.

Any help would be much appreciated... I have a half edited wedding video that I promised my wife I would finish by her birthday! Ugh!

Thanks!

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How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 22 Mar 2020 07:04 #105487

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It’s complicated. You need a friend who has a Mac with the current OS or 10.14.6. They have to allow you to log into the App Store with your Apple ID and enter your payment information. You can then purchase the application with your Apple ID on their machine. On your home machine you can log into the App Store with your Apple ID and from the Purchased page it will allow you to download the last version that worked with High Sierra. That’s the only way I know to do it.

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How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 22 Mar 2020 20:55 #105503

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Thanks for the reply, Tom! Wow, they sure don't make it easy for us with older macs. Do you happen to know what the closest alternative software to FCP is these days?

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How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 24 Mar 2020 19:23 #105575

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How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 25 Mar 2020 17:37 #105616

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Hi Jeff
Welcome to the fcp.co forums.
You are sporting a pretty old Mac, so performance will suffer, especially with high resolution media. 10k $$$ should get you going well, but for me, not going to happen today. I'm rocking on a 2012 rMBP and really want a new Mac, at least dreams are free. FCPX 10.4.6
I believe that this page is still active and will allow you to download FCPX 10.2.3 free trial, not current version.
support.apple.com/en-us/HT202826
Link in support document to older trial version. From there, Apple does have FCPX10.4.6 (last version to work on High Sierra) on their servers and it may direct you to the proper version in App Store. If not, call Apple support and they may direct you to the appropriate download. I know it exists and I used to have the direct link, but access may be tied to Mac and Apple ID.
I'm still on HS but now considering upgrading to Mojave mainly for the latest version of FCPX. Not Catalina!
Otherwise, follow Tom's advice If you can.
Hope this Helps, Greg

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How can I install FCP on High Sierra 10.13.6 25 Mar 2020 18:26 #105618

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Thanks for the reply, Greg! I tried what you described. the link did actually allow me to download and install that version FCPX 10.2.3... closer than I've gotten yet! Unfortunately, when I go to my applications FCP has the circle cross over it. When I try opening, it tells me I need to update it then takes me to the app store and I'm back to square one.

The trial version of 10.2.3 is now installed though. Any thoughts on how I might be able to access it?

Thanks again for all the help, guys!

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