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Alex Gollner Level 2 (375 points)

For safety's sake, I installed Motion 5, then Final Cut Pro X on a spare external drive with a a newly installed copy of Snow Leopard (10.6.7). As that worked well, I drag copied Motion 5 and Final Cut over to my main drive, which has FCS3 installed.


After a few days of running Final Cut and Motion, creating effects, titles, generators and transitions in Motion and using them in Final Cut, I'd like to edit a copy of an Apple installed effect. Now Final Cut puts up this error message:


You must have Motion 5 installed to use this feature. You can purchase Motion 5 from the Mac App Store.


When I run the Mac App Store application, it detects that Motion 5 is installed on my computer. I assume it checks online to see which apps I've downloaded with my Apple ID and whether they appear to be in the Applications folder.


Anyone know how to point out the location of Motion 5 to an installed copy of Final Cut Pro X?




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Mac since '84
  • the black sun Level 1 (100 points)

    not quite sure why you did, what you did; but it was an act of madness!

  • Tracy E Level 1 (125 points)

    In the good old days, you could move apps (we old-timers called them programs) all over the place on a Mac system with no ill effects. My how we would laugh at those PC guys with their corrupted registries and such.


    The tables have turned. Moving apps around can upset your mac to no end. This is even worse with App Store installed pieces.


    Probably best to reinstall both apps into the proper place. I know that on install of X, it likes to do some stuff to a current install of FCPS (it renames the folder so they can peacefully coexist on the same system.) Best to just let it do it's thing.

  • BrianPex Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi. I had the same exact problem and I have Motion Installed and OPEN when it says You must have Motion 5 installed to use this feature. You can purchase Motion 5 from the Mac App Store. Please, I've reinstalled the software too. What could be the issue?!?!

  • gpyles Level 1 (0 points)

    Ever get this figured out?


    My son is having the same problem.  Right click to 'Open a Copy in Motion' and then get the "You must have Motion 5 installed to use this feature. You can purchase Motion 5 from the Mac App Store."


    The Mac App store show Motion is installed.


    Any ideas?

  • joelfrommarietta Level 1 (10 points)

    Erase the 5 in the name of the title of the App. Try again.

  • mr2600 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have this problem - I cannot change the 5 in the app name because there is no 5.


    I am not sure how to fix it.

  • GIUBRA Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem and I solved by uninstalling and then reinstalling from the Apple Store X FCP and Motion.

  • Mr. Kromann Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem. I've tried all the things said in the post, but it doen't work
    Has anyone found out how to solve the problem?
    I even tried to put them in the same folder called "Final Cut Pro X" but it doesn't help..

  • Alex Gollner Level 2 (375 points)

    I have Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 in a folder named 'Final Cut Pro X' in the Applications folder



    They are named 'Final Cut Pro' and 'Motion' without the version numbers.


    They run well. I can right-click in Final Cut Pro X and open most of the effects in Motion 5.


    I also have Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4 in the Applications folder, they aren't in a sub-folder, and have their version numbers in their titles: 'Final Cut Pro 7' and 'Motion 4'


    They seem to be working fine as well.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,540 points)

    Not sure if the app store or software update will see them in there for updates. Previous versions had to be at the top level.

  • Mr. Kromann Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, I found the problem. The folders name had to be changed to "FCPX10" containing both Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. Now it works perfectly

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    You may have got them working but the name of that folder is completely wrong.


    If your normal FCS applications are in the Application Folder and you want to keep them there, you should make a folder called exactly 


    Final Cut Pro X 


    Any deviation in lettering or spacing is incorrect.


    Your FCP X and Compressor 4 and Motion 5, with their original names unchanged (Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion) must be put in it.


    The exact details are in the final section of this KBA entitled "Restore FCS apps to their original location".



    If the folder and the apps have not got the correct names you will probably be unable to use further updates.


    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • Fadblitz Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried all the methods above to open Motion 5 through Final Cut Pro X but it is still giving me this message:


    "You must have Motion 5 installed to use this feature. You can purchase Motion 5 from the Mac App Store."


    I can open Motion 5 on its own, but not through FCP X! =[


    Please HELP!! =]

  • innocentius Level 4 (1,880 points)


    open Motion 5 through Final Cut Pro X

    Maybe I have missed something but what do you mean, open Motion through FCPX ? Open video effects with Motion ?

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