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Cannot be opened after reinstalling OSX Lion

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nickschmitt Calculating status...
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May 22, 2012 5:19 AM
  • Macbook having problems
  • Genius reinstalled OSX Lion
  • Wiped my hard drive of all data
  • Went into time machine and restored final cut express
  • Tried to open final cut express, met with this message:
    • Final Cut Express cannot be opened because of a problem.
    • Check with the developer to make sure Final Cut Express works with this version of Mac OS X. You may need to reinstall the application. Be sure to install any available updates for the application and Mac OS X.
  • Tried software update, didn't help


Please give me some ideas on how I make this work!

Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.7.4), Final Cut Express
  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,880 points)
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    May 22, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to nickschmitt)

    The problem is No Rosetta and that makes Lion and FCE not compatible as warning says.

    If you upgrade through Snow Leopard you will be in there with a chance.



  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    May 22, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to Alchroma)

    The problem is No Rosetta


    No, it's some other problem.  Rosetta is only required for the FCE Installer to run, not FCE itself.


    I suspect there are  missing files that  TM did not or could not restore when the OP restored FCE.    There are quite a few folders & files required in different places in addition to the FCE app itself, for example:

    • /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Express Support  (Custom Settings folder & Plugins folder may be needed, even if empty)
    • /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro Support  (the folder alone may be required, even if empty)
    • /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro Support/Plugins (the folder alone may be required, even if empty)
    • /Library/Application Support/ProApps/Final Cut Express System ID
    • /Library/Application Support/ProApps/ProAppSystemID  (may or may not be required)
    • /Library/Application Support/ProApps/Internal Plug-Ins (various plugins)
    • /Library/Frameworks/ProFX.framework
    • /Library/Frameworks/Receipts (who knows, maybe the receipts are also required)
    • /users/username/Library/Preferences
    • /users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Express User Settings  (FCE will create the contents, but I'm not certain FCE creates the actual folder)

    These are the main folders & files I've been able to identify.  Note that some of the folders mentioned have various files in them that I haven't listed here.  And then there's the fact that some of these items may have been relocated in Lion (compared to Leopard or Snow Leopard) ... and there may be more files, and even some hidden files.   All you could do is examine the TM drive to see what FCE-related folders & files are there compared to what is on the Lion system HD.  But remember, you're on your own here ...


    This is a good example of why Final Cut Express and Lion are not compatible and FCE isn't supported on Lion.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,880 points)
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    May 22, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to MartinR)

    You are probaly right on the details, thanks for the input.


    nichshmitt hopefully can get his FCE going.


    I'd recommend a full re-install from the disc rather than TM backup in any case and through Snow Leopard.



  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,880 points)
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    May 23, 2012 12:12 AM (in response to nickschmitt)

    If you want to stick with Lion, FCPro X is the Apple supported NLE.

    You can download a free trial from the App Store.




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