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Jan Laidlaw
Will installing Final Cut Pro X affect Final Cut Pro 7?
on Aug 31, 2016 at 8:13:10 pm

Since installing El Capitan, Motion 4 no longer works for me and neither does chromakey in Final Cut Pro 7 (color picker doesn't work). So I am now considering FCPX, but I still need to access my other projects in FCP7.

Will the install create any problems with FCP7?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Will installing Final Cut Pro X affect Final Cut Pro 7?
on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:55:24 pm
Last Edited By Jeremy Garchow on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:56:33 pm

You could use Motion 5.

Or the Apple Best practices for X and FCS3 are here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202240


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Jan Laidlaw
Re: Will installing Final Cut Pro X affect Final Cut Pro 7?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:20:02 am

Thank you. Yes, I only have Motion 4 at the moment.

If I'm understanding the link you provided, it sounds like I would also need a new drive for FCPX since partitioning my original drive is not an option for me? I have other hard disks for my projects but have never installed software on them. Sounds more complicated than I thought, but maybe I am misunderstanding the process.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Will installing Final Cut Pro X affect Final Cut Pro 7?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:27:07 am

It's the most recommended but not necessary.

If you keep reading you'll see how to keep both. I have fcs3 and X on almost all my machines without separate drives or partitions. It works well enough for me, but I am mostly on X and keep fcs3 around for legacy projects which I then translate and update.


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Jan Laidlaw
Re: Will installing Final Cut Pro X affect Final Cut Pro 7?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:31:41 am

Okay thanks Jeremy, that's helpful. Might be best I install this when I am between projects.


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