I'm using FCP 5.1.4 on a Power PC quad 2.5, and whenever I trash my FCP preferences, I lose the easy setups I've created. They're still in my custom settings folder, but they don't show up in my easy setups list. What's causing this, and is there a way of calling them up again without having to re-create them?
You need to be using a utlity that will "trash" your peferences, but save all of your custom settings.
A great way to do this is to use "FCP Rescue" a free Apple Script that will Trash the Preferences for you (and restore nearly all of your user settings afterward).
There are versions for FCP (Pro) & FCE (Express) and a new one for FCP 5.
does the same as FCP Rescue, but lets you also back up custom keyboards, button bars, window layouts etc plus you can choose your backup location (in order to more easily facilitate migrating your settings between machines)