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Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

Bought a brand new 15" MacBookPro OS X 10.7 2.2Ghz Intel Core i7 and tried to install Final Cut Studio 2. Got the error message "You can't open the application FinalCutStudio.mpkg because PowerPC applications are no longer supported." Oh no, does this mean I have to spend more money!???

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    The machine has LION installed, right?  10.7?  Well, the installer, just the installer, for FCS2 (FCP 6) isn't Intel is PowerPC, and that requires ROSETTA.  And ROSETTA is not part of Lion.


    So you cannot install FCS2 onto a machine running Lion.  You could install FCS3, if it were available, but it isn't.  Your only choice now is FCP X.  Which is cheap, but you cannot bring in any old FCP 6 projects into it. 



  • Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, I can't believe it. I saved up my money for like 6 months to buy this computer and I can't do Final Cut?? Arghhh!


    I refuse to upgrade to FCP X until they fix all the terrible bugs. What if I downgraded my operating system back to an earlier version? Is that possible?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    I think you can.  This isn't a machine that was made after LION, it was made when Snow Leopard was out.  You should be able to go back to that no problem.

  • Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmm so it seems this may be a viable workaround option. Now the question is how does one uninstall Lion and install Snow Leopard?


    Note to Apple: Please include ROSETTA in Lion!

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    You boot from the Snow Leopard install disk...then either choose ERASE AND INSTALL, or in the TOOLS menu when you are in the install area, choose Disk Utility and then erase the drive, and install.

  • Nick Holmes Level 7 (29,990 points)
  • Robert Tompkins Level 1 (85 points)

    I had problems with Lion. I did a complete restore from Time Machine and EVERYTHING was exactly as it was before Lion. Thank God for Time Machine.

  • Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Although if you just bought a machine like I did, they come preinstalled with Lion and you can't use Time Machine to revert to anything else.

  • Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

    I'd like to provide an update on this situation in case anyone is in the same boat I am.


    I went to the Apple store today. I asked if I could downgrade my operating system. They said no, since it came pre-installed with Lion. I asked if Final Cut Studio 3 was compatible with Lion. They said yes, for the most part. They said there was an issue exporting video in 1080p.


    Of course, conveniently Apple is no longer selling FCS3 and the ones on Ebay I saw have gone up to more than $650 a copy. I am out $400 for stupidly buying FCS2 a few months ago, which is now useless to me. I told the Apple guy that I'm not buying FCS X until they work out all the kinks. This leaves me with this laptop that I bought for video editing with no editing software to use.


    I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually considering getting Premiere Pro now for Apple, which is supported in Lion and is running a deal for 50% off. ( If Apple doesn't start selling FCS 3 again, they are really not giving me any choice but to switch!

  • Miralys Level 1 (0 points)

    work around: (found it online, seems to work fine so far).

    I think it's only the installer that presents a problem...

    Get Mac OS10.6 (Snow Leopard) (less than 50$), and install only optional installs. In the package you'll find Rosetta and Quicktime 7 (also usefull). Ignore the rest.

    After installing Rosetta you're able to install FCS2 without any problems. I haven't tried creating a project yet, but FCS2 opens as usual and seems to be functional.

    Havn't tried to deinstall Rosetta (never change a running system.... *g*), but I think FC should still work.

  • Maylyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting... so if you are only installing Rosetta and Quicktime with the Snow Leopard disc are you still technically using the Lion operating system? I've never installed an operating system before. Do I need to do anything before putting the disc in? (it's a new machine so I don't have any files on it yet)

  • Miralys Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, Lion is working as it should (I suppose). You're not actually installing an operating system, but only optional installs - and no, you don't have to prepare anything. Just put the disc in and don't choose "install snow leopard", but jump to the folder "optional installs" instead. Easy!

  • Terry Smelker Level 1 (10 points)

    Robert, did you mean that you restored EVERYTHING- your files, apps AND Snow Leopard- with Time Machine, or only your files and apps, leaving Lion (more or less) intact?

  • riahwillow Level 1 (0 points)

    This solution worked AMAZING for me!

    I purchased FCS2 from Amazon and had Lion installed on a new machine but it came preinstalled with SL so I installed the optional content suggested with Rosetta and QT7... VOILA!!!!! WORKED LIKE A CHARM.

    Thank you for saving this single mom with a film school daughter from having to spend 1300.00 on a new version for nothing.


    The Machine we have is a MacBookPro (newest avail) it was hard enough to pay 3200.00 for that but add the expense of the FC products new and we are SOL.


    Gotta love support forums... I learned more here than from an Apple Rep.. they had no idea this could be done


    Thanks again Miralys!

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