Final Cut Pro 7 Is Dead: Won’t Start in New Mac OS

August 27th, 2017
Final Cut Pro 7 Is Dead: Won't Start in New Mac OS

There’s an email from Apple ghosting around the interwebs that may find its way to your inbox, too: Final Cut Pro 7 won’t be starting up once you upgrade to the upcoming macOS High Sierra. We’re witnessing the final death to the classic Final Cut Pro. Time to make a choice!

Final Cut Pro 7

RIP Final Cut Pro 7

This is it, people. The classic Final Cut Pro 7 is officially dead. If you were part of the mob struggling to accept the new kid on the block, called Final Cut Pro X and introduced back in 2011, then this news might be the final stab to the heart. You might wonder what took Apple so long – after all, Final Cut Pro 7 lived for another 6 years after the introduction of Final Cut Pro X. Perhaps it was FCPX’s rough start that made Apple hesitate for so long. Anyway, it’s finally time to move on.

The Final Death of Final Cut Pro 7

If you haven’t got the email from Apple yet, then you probably don’t know what’s going on here. In order to get you up to speed, here is the official announcement by Apple:

Dear …:

Our records show that you may be using applications included in Final Cut Studio. We wanted to share some important compatibility information about these applications and macOS High Sierra, which will be available this fall.

Older versions of Apple pro video applications — including applications in Final Cut Studio — will not launch on a computer running macOS High Sierra.

New versions of Apple pro video applications — including Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 — are compatible with macOS High Sierra. You can purchase these applications on the Mac App Store.

You can learn about the transitioning from older versions of Final Cut Pro to Final Cut Pro X here.

For more information about compatibility of Apple pro applications on macOS High Sierra, please view this support article.

Sincerely,

Apple

If you’re still using Final Cut Pro 7 for your editing work, this is bad news. On the other hand, it was just a matter of time, really. Its direct successor, Final Cut Pro X, has now reached version 10.3.4, having evolved quite a bit from its miserable first releases. However, if you’re not into the way Apple thinks NLEs, there are plenty of alternatives!

Alternatives to Final Cut Pro 7

It’s no longer just Apple vs. Avid like in the old days. There are other players with really good NLE solutions on the market. There’s Adobe Premiere Pro which has evolved steadily from its beginnings in the 1990s. Then there’s Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, of course – not only a full-blown color grading suite but now a NLE, too.

Final Cut Pro 7

A few alternatives to Final Cut 7.

Avid Media Composer might still be the king of the hill when it comes to classic editing, but Premiere Pro follows hot on its heels. If you’re not into the subscription model of Adobe Premiere Pro, you might want to have a look at Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. This gives you not only the industry-standard color grading suite, but also an NLE and, since version 14 is imminent, a full-blown audio editor too. All for free with a few limitations, or, if you want the whole package, for $299.

Following Blackmagic Design’s business model, Avid also offers a free version of its famous Media Composer, too. Spanish company SGO, who now offers the free Mistika Insight, takes the same line. There are other (paid) applications, of course, such as GrassValley Edius or Vegas Pro.

Or, if Apple finally managed to convince you, maybe Final Cut Pro X is the right choice. For another $299 it’s yours.

Conclusion

There are a lot of alternatives to the now-defunct Final Cut Pro 7. However, if you still have FCP7 projects sitting in your computer, you might want to double check if you’ll ever need to work on them again, as these project files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X. Once you’ve upgraded to macOS High Sierra, you won’t be able to open them again. You could skip High Sierra, of course, but that would only delay the problem down the line.

Final Cut Pro 7

Anyway, it’s sad to finally say goodbye to this piece of software. Final Cut Pro 7 served many of us very well in the times of the indie cinema revolution in 2008 with the introduction of the Canon 5D mark II. Farewell!

Links: Avid Media Compser Free | Final Cut Pro X | DaVinci Resolve | Premiere Pro | Mistika Insight

Which one is your NLE of choice? What kind of payment model do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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 John Prescott
John Prescott
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

I started with FCP1 years ago. Was a massive Mac fan for years appreciating Apple’s push into pro media dominated by Adobe and Avid. And I think they were on track. But I have a feeling they realized they made much more money with phones and consumer gear, and then they put out that trash can. I hated FCP X, and while I can edit on Premier, I am just not a fan. So I had to find an alternative.

I was tentative with Davinci, but the switch to Resolve from FCP7 was actually pretty seamless. Plus, I ended up building a PC that would crush the trashcan for about half the price. That was over a year ago. Best decision I ever made and not looking back.

I know I’ll sound like a Resolve salesman to say this, but all you Premier guy should at least TRY Resolve… just the render speed along from the program architecture should get you to cross the line.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

You lost any and all credibility the moment you uttered the painfully IGNORANT “they realized they made much more money with phones and consumer gear” bullshit. Nice try tho. Now go catch a clue.

 John Prescott
John Prescott
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Wow… you are a really angry man. You’ve made so many derogatory comments on a platform with zero consequences. Pretty easy to do so. And I imagine you will continue to share your rather narrow and subjective opinions all for the sake of self gratification. What do you think this says about yourself… the question is rhetorical BTW. Stick to the old addage… if you have nothing good to say, keep it to yourself. I doubt anyone on this forum really cares.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Nah, I’ll stick with the “If you don’t know wtf what you’re talking about, you best just stfu” adage. Far more apt. Especially in your case, thanks.

 John Prescott
John Prescott
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

yeah and you just proved my point…

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Yeah, you sure did!! ?

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Instead of firing back at someone who doesn’t have anything constructive to add, how about this?

What do you use Shorty? What NLE do you work on? What Quantum-based computer are you currently editing on?

I know a few guys like you. They know all the specs, all the numbers, but don’t do a thing with it. It’s like when people rip apart a camera’s specs when it first comes out, before they even hit record on the camera see what it can do.

You must be a Hollywood editor with the most advanced editing system on the planet, working on the coolest projects known to man. Tell us about you Shorty.

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

That is Apple’s way of saying ” Screw You” to die-hard FCP7 fans.

Sean Kenney
Sean Kenney
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Is it really? Or is it customers not understanding that software changes over time, which means that old programs will naturally become incompatible and they have no obligation to keep old/ outdated programs going indefinitely. Are you also upset that they don’t support floppy discs?

Christian Santiago
Christian Santiago
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

you’ve had like 5 years to transition to something else. You knew this was coming

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Sean Kenney Are you paid by Apple to refute me ? Why use such a stupid example like floppy-disks ? Try harder.

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Christian Santiago That doesn’t mean Apple should twist the elbows of FCP7 users, does it ?

Patrick Doupe
Patrick Doupe
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Software companies, even those as large as Apple, have a finite amount of money and time to allocate to their various projects. If making a new operating system compatible with old software requires too much time and effort on the parts of devs, it impacts the cost and effictiveness of new software. Apple is making a business decision not to continue supporting older software, which frees up more talent to work on newer, better versions of programs. Sean’s comparison to floppy discs may seem extreme, but there was a point in time when somebody in the floppy disc industry likely thought that Apple was “twisting their elbows” in no longer supporting the floppy disc format.

Sean Kenney
Sean Kenney
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Melvin Chong You got me, I get paid by Apple to defend them in comment sections. I’m saving up for the iPhone 8.

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Sean Kenney so much for a farking Apple fan-boy….

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Grow the fuck up Chong-boy. If you’re actually MORONIC enough to be using software that has been dead FOR OVER SIX YEARS, then tough titties! Get with the program (literally!) and try moving to THIS DECADE, you ignorant luddite. Just because someone doesn’t pat you on your “elbow twisting” comments, that are just whiney BLATHER anyway, they’re somehow paid by Apple??! LOL… what are you, TWELVE?

Everett McEwan
Everett McEwan
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

I love 10 (except the way audio can’t be split) but I have old projects saved (in case clients want to update videos) from when I used 7, I wish there was a way to convert the timelines

Luke Watson
Luke Watson
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Try 7toX by Automatic Duck, I haven’t used for a while but it worked ok last time I tried on an edit with straight cuts etc

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Is this still the app to use for old FCP7 projects?

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Yeah, or maybe actually try SENDTOX from INTELLIGENT ASSISTANCE, since there is neither a “7toX” anymore nor was it EVER from Automatic Duck… *facepalm*

Kristian Appel
Kristian Appel
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

You can split the Audio allright.

Everett McEwan
Everett McEwan
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

you end up with only left or right channel (the pan function) in the timeline when everything else is stereo by default and there is no way to downmix it in export like there was in 7, I have found a work around using mpeg streamclip but I miss that feature

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

You clearly have NO clue what you’re doing. Wow. That’s the biggest BUNK I’ve read in a while. Clearly not even worth explaining, since you are obviously missing even the most BASIC knowledge.

Andrew Biggs
Andrew Biggs
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Until a fix is created

Marco Ribeiro
Marco Ribeiro
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Premiere Pro users be like: eeh… okay?

Kristian Appel
Kristian Appel
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Yes, looking at render-bars slowly progressing is meaningful to some people ?

Manu Laroche
Manu Laroche
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Kristian Appel proxy files sucking your hdd space makes sense for others

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Right, since creating proxies is MANDATORY, huh??!

Douche much?? Catch a clue and get back to your render sloth.

James Manson
James Manson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

Angry little man syndrome much??

Kristian Appel
Kristian Appel
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Why are people so stuck with 7? FcpX are superior in all aspects – it has totally changed the way I work. How about you never have to wait for rendering anymore? Wipe your tears away and fall in love with editing once again.

Darkmoonx Voorhees
Darkmoonx Voorhees
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

ha ha ha you’re soooooo funny

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Love it how people say, “you don’t need to wait for content to render”, yeh but it’s a lower res preview (even if hard to tell on your iMac / laptop monitor VS broadcast / finishing monitor). Regardless you’ve still gotta pay the man when you finally encode out. Each to their own. I’m making bank no matter what the NLE. #let’s-spoke-the-bear haha

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Yeah… we’ll just comment on something we have ZERO clue about and act all tough-dude. Too ignorant to know that X (if you want) renders WHILE YOU WORK, doofus. But even if it doesn’t, it STILL renders EXPONENTIALLY faster than any other NLE, sorry! So maybe FIRST catch a clue, THEN hook up your keyboard.

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Bahaha hope you were talking to me ;-p Shorty….is that your name or a reference to something…small?

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Yeah, you’ll clearly want to re-read that last one. Or continue to make a complete fool of yourself. Your call.

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Shorty Johnson? You still there? I miss you? xx

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

I see you went for the latter, and then some. Bravo! ??
That’s what one gets for engaging with pathetic, ignorant little 12 year old trolls. My bad.

Chris Müller
Chris Müller
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Schade. Ich habe es geliebt

James Bridges
James Bridges
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Yup…about 3 years ago

Jason Williams
Jason Williams
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

If Someone is still cutting in FCP7, the time for them to retire or get out of the industry was about 5 years ago now.

Ql Omar
Ql Omar
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

My perspective: the Real worry here is not final cut, the main problem is the death of Color!.. Davinci is not yet there.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

LOL… comment on stuff you have NO clue about much?? “Davinci is not yet there”… hilarious!!

Nick Berden
Nick Berden
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

I always thought if your doing video as a job or perfeasion you should be using Adobe or resolve.

Joseph Vargas
Joseph Vargas
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Resolve ??????? As a professional editor???? Whaaaaa? Avid man! Resolve is technically an editor now but I guarantee you that professionals are using avid and premiere pro.

Nick Berden
Nick Berden
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Yea true, it’s used mostly as a color grading program. But still used sometimes as a full on editor.

 David Odell
David Odell
MemberAugust 27th, 2017

Well this isn’t isolated to FCP7. Avid media composer om Mac is nerver recomended to run newest OS updates. Usually you stay back a year to have support etc..

Chris Fran
Chris Fran
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Cameron Aanonsen a sad day to be Mr. Chris

Cameron Aanonsen
Cameron Aanonsen
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Hahaha

Tom Reinbolden
Tom Reinbolden
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

wow why this death? Why update? Why always updates. Wake up and think!
High Sierra OS is coming from birth to death …

Andreas Brandt
Andreas Brandt
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Switched to Premiere Pro CC and be happy!

Ian Dillon
Ian Dillon
GuestAugust 28th, 2017

They should just abandon X and start from scratch

Luke Millquas
Luke Millquas
GuestAugust 28th, 2017

Not if you don’t updaaaaaate….

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

This is great! Wow, Apple is finally going to release FCP 8! Uuum wait, oh yeah.

Does this mean Quicktime 7 PRO as well?

We use Adobe CC for everything, but still, nothing beats have a player/encoder built into 1 program that can playback pretty much anything, and export to ProRes on the fly. Don’t tell me they’re killing QT7 too.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

QuickTime or rather “QTKit” has been deprecated FOR AGES, dumbass!

Linear Pro
Linear Pro
GuestAugust 28th, 2017

Paulo Marcio Dexter Joao Gabriel

 Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

I knew this day would eventually come, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I finally transitioned to Premiere last year, not liking FCPX. But with 13 years worth of projects done in many of the FCP versions before X, and every so often, needing to do updates and revisions, this will make it a little more tricky to be able to accomplish that. I guess one option would be to keep an older iMac at Sierra, and never upgrade it, at least not for awhile.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

Wow. Quite the feat! Doing THIRTEEN years worth of work, even though FCP was only around for ELEVEN before X.
? Blather pretentiously much?

 Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

If you do the math, it adds up. I kept on using FCP 7 till 2016, not 2011.

Jon Venusti
Jon Venusti
GuestAugust 28th, 2017

Final c**t…never liked it anwway. Great if you like poorly written, antiquated trash that constantly crashed

James Manson
James Manson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

“…new kid on the block, called Final Cut Pro X and introduced back in 2011”

How can Final Cut Pro X still be thought of as the new kid on the block? Final Cut Pro X is incredible – on my machine I am able to edit 4K footage like butter. Premiere is just not capable of the things Final Cut Pro X can do, especially in a deadline driven scenario. Super fast – super reliable.

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

James. What’s the specs of your machine? Are you cutting the 4K from an external or internal HD / SSD / RAID? What is the format / codec etc of the 4K media ur using most often?

I’m in need of a new machine and am weighing up options.

Cheers mate.

James Manson
James Manson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

Mac Pro
Late 2013
3 GHz 8 Core Intel Xeon E5
64 GbB memory
AMD Firepro D700 6144 MB

Edit projects either to external drives (Thunderbolt) or internal SSD
4K is better when on internal drive.

4K footage is a variety – mainly XF AVC Codec 10 bit – H264 10 bit

I would not consider anything but a really well specked current iMac over the Mac Pro

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

With Final Cut Pro X and even A MAC MINI you can edit 4K, even FIVE K with ease as proxies or optimized. With a maxed out iMac even NATIVE 4K. The (current) Mac Pro is a complete and utter WASTE of money.

Jordan Strange
Jordan Strange
GuestNovember 7th, 2019

I discovered this the hard way. I updated my operating system and it wouldn’t open. I wasn’t willing to move onto FCP X… so i had to downgrade back to Sierra…. For those who aren’t aware… Downgrading operating systems is a MASSIVE pain. You basically have to back up your entire computer, do a system reset. install sierra to an external harddrive, then install the operating system via external. I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Took me a good few days to resolve the issue.

I’m currently running Sierra and not planning to upgrade anytime soon because I’m too attached to FCP7. FCP X seems way too different. I don’t like change.

Manu Laroche
Manu Laroche
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Who cares… Premiere pro is the standard now.

Robert Frank
Robert Frank
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

The standard where, and for who?

Joseph Vargas
Joseph Vargas
GuestAugust 27th, 2017

Avid is the standard, premiere is catching to the point highly used but as a standard…not quite.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

AVID??!! LOOOOOOOOL!!! Outside of maybe the SUB-ONE-PERCENT market of luddite, 60+ year old Hollywood editors, Avid is DEAD outside of maybe their 6-7 digit UNITY/ISIS business, you delusional tard! They didn’t even show a Media Composer THEMSELVES at the last NAB! Maybe get out more.

 Shorty Robinson
Shorty Robinson
MemberAugust 28th, 2017

Oh man, FINALLY!! And GOOD RIDDANCE!!

Never mind that FCP 7 has officially been dead FOR OVER SIX YEARS! Especially since any MORON still on 7 couldn’t possibly even give a flying rat’s ASS if they’re on anything beyond SNOW LEOPARD, assuming they even ever got out of their 20th century CAVE long enough to notice that there is anything.

If this actually poses some sort of issue for you, then this is not Apple’s fault, it’s YOUR OWN ignorant fault, plain and simple. So get over yourself so we don’t have to call an emergency waaaaaaaaaahbulace for you.

Oh, and where was Adobe’s FREEHAND CONVERTER again?? Oh yeah… if it’s not APPLE, then it’s no fun to get your panties in a bunch over BS like a little girl. Never mind.

James Manson
James Manson
MemberAugust 29th, 2017

I’m actually starting to like the cut of your jib.

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