8 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2011 8:46 AM by Patrick Sheffield
bigbenfoley Level 1 (0 points)

HELP! Im in final cut pro 7, and the window where the video should be playing is black.


I've tried restarting and it didnt work. helpppp!

Final Cut Pro 7
  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    Which window?  Viewer, Canvas?


    This is very basic stuff and if you don't know the common terminology used by finalcut, you're gonna have serious problems working with this program. 


    What kind of video are you trying to play?  Select the clip in the browser and hit command-9. 


    You might try deleting your preferences.  For a handy tool, download preference manager from


  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    #15 White or Black Canvas or Viewer


    Shane's Stock Answer #15:  White or Black Canvas or Viewer


    Make sure the canvas or viewer are selected then go to VIEW>CHANNELS and set it to RGB.   It might be set to ALPHA.




    Click on the drop down menu above the Viewer or Canvas and make sure that you are on IMAGE or IMAGE + WIREFRAME.

  • bigbenfoley Level 1 (0 points)

    Its the Canvas, its black

  • bigbenfoley Level 1 (0 points)

    Its on Alpha, all black canvas. the viewer is working.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    Do you have a sequence in the timeline?  Is there video in the timeline?  Are the video clips in the timeline enabled?  Is the visibility for the video track enabled?  If you double click on a clip in the timeline, does it load in the viewer and is it visible?

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    so as Shane suggested, change it from alpha to RGB.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,605 points)

    It should be on RGB. Also the second half of Shane's stock answer make sure it's set to image and not wireframe. Also make sure you haven't moved it off the screen if you were in Image+Wireframe or wireframe. Set the zoom popup to fit all and see if the image is off the screen.

  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 (29,175 points)

    Please don't select all the categories/tags - you have a specific problem in Final Cut Pro - dancing around and shouting help me help me everyone at the top of your lungs wastes everyone's time.


    Screen shot 2011-05-12 at 8.41.42 AM.png


    c'mon - you knew the problem was in FCP, not Compressor, not Cinema Tools, not LiveType, not Motion, not Soundtrack Pro...