7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2013 10:49 PM by fox_m
Curnsie Level 3 Level 3


I've searched these forums and found nothing relating to relocating the Motion 5 'Motion Templates' folder currently located in 'Movies' on my startup drive.


Can I move it to a second internal harddrive and get FCPx and Motion 5 to point to it? My startup drive is a small SSD which I don't want it filling up with templates etc. I tried simply moving it with no success. I can't see anything in preferences in either app.


Am I missing something?






Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Adam Scoffield Level 4 Level 4



    I dont think you can do this, since FCPX needs to find it here. Mind you you could try putting it at the root level of a spare drive (on the same level as Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders) see if that works.



  • Curnsie Level 3 Level 3

    Thanks Adam

    I tried this but FCPx didn't see it. I thought it would be the same as moving Final Cut Events and Projects folders to the root of the 2nd drive.


    I've found some tricky hacking methods using Termianl to make this work, but I'm not willing to try it! Too risky...



  • monkeybrainsmedia Level 1 Level 1

    This would be a great feature: project and drive specific templates.


    I have discovered this is a real pain recently when travelling about working on different machines.


    For instance I often create a transition specifically for one edit project and it really should move around with the project and footage, not be tied to the machine. I had to redo a lot of work because of this when I went to a different country and realised motion stuff was missing I had already done.

  • Curnsie Level 3 Level 3

    This is also my problem. I work freelance, sometimes on my own Mac sometimes on my clients Macs and use the same external hard drive where I keep the all the Final Cut events and projects folders.  The ability to locate Motion titles etc on the same drive would be excellent!

  • monkeybrainsmedia Level 1 Level 1

    You can use a remote file sync tool to do something similar to this but its not ideal. Its an all or nothing workaround as it will sync everything. You don't necessarily want everything to end up on a client machine and vice versa.

  • Architecture13 Level 1 Level 1

    All you need to do is relocate your motion 5 files onto the external hard drive, then open them up and resave into a new category. Then the title will show up in FCPX. NOTICE: Both FCPX and Motion 5 files need to be in the same location.

  • fox_m Level 5 Level 5

    I'm fairly sure you can move the Motion Templates folder anywhere you like, then make a Symbolic Link to that folder and place the symbolic link inside your movies folder.


    There is a "Finder" tool you can install that adds a Make Symbolic Link... item to finder menus:


    (It does the same thing as the "terminal" trick you probably read about.)


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    I use it frequently, usually to substitute for directories for web server purposes – I can develop pages anywhere on my system, then just throw a symbolic link in my Sites folder —  but I haven't tried it for this specific purpose. You can try it and if it doesn't work, just move the folder back into place and try something else.


    Symbolic links are very different than common finder aliases — they are a 'nix core feature and will work where aliases will not on a Mac. I expect it to work for your purposes, but I also expect that you might notice FCPX will slow down a little loading templates on startup.