10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2015 2:24 AM by Eliot Hochberg
josepholesh Level 1 Level 1

This doesn't seem to be holding true, as it has in years past, for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2.


  1. In the Finder, go to ~/Library/Preferences—the tilde (~) represents your Home folder.
  2. Remove the "com.apple.finalcutpro.plist" file from the Preferences folder.
  3. Remove the "Final Cut Pro User Data" folder from the Preferences folder.


Do any have any thoughts? Has this "com.apple.finalcutpro.plist" been moved to another location?

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Final Cut Studio 3, Adobe CS6
  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4

    Use preference manager instead.



  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7

    com.apple.finalcutpro.plist is still in my username/Library/Preferences directory on 10.8.


    >Remove the "Final Cut Pro User Data" folder from the Preferences folder.


    What you should be deleting if doing it manually are the three files highligted below, not the folder...


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  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4

    Maybe the OP is looking in the wrong library, the user library is hidden by default. I believe you have the key Mr Holmes.


  • Leon Khasminsky Level 1 Level 1

    com.apple.finalcutpro.plist used to locate in users- library-preferences. After I installed

    OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2. it is not there any more.

    i can see some .plist files in Machintosh HD-Library-Preferences, but not com.apple.finalcutpro.plist of FCP preferences.

    Any ideas?

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7
    Mac OS X

    what's the resistance to using digital rebellion's preference manager?  It's free and works great.  And it allows you to back up and restore preferences for not just fcp but many other video  and audio apps.

  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7

    The directory /user name/Library is hidden by default in Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.


    To bring it back temporarily, bring Finder to the front, hold the Option key and select Go from the Finder's menu bar. Select the Library from the drop down menu.


    To bring it back to how it appears in Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier, launch Terminal and type the following:


    chflags nohidden ~/Library/


    then press the Return key

  • Impie Level 1 Level 1

    This is a good program.  I was getting a compilation error with DVD Studio Pro, and this program solved the problem.  It's very intuitive and uses colored icons!  Unlike the new gray on gray of Mountain Lion.


    Thank you for the tip.

  • Paul Whishaw1 Level 2 Level 2

    Why does Apple has to be so clever? Pretty much what Nick said...


    on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, to trash your preferences -

    on the Mac, click on Go

    hold the Option key down, and you will see "Library" appear - click on Library

    scroll down to the Preference folder

    in the Preferences folder, delete this file


    in the same Preferences folder, scroll down to the FinalCutProUserData folder

    and delete these three files -

    Final Cut Pro 7 Preferences

    Final Cut Pro Obj Cache

    Final Cut Pro Prof Cache

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7
    Mac OS X

    And that's why we pretty much always recommend using digital rebellion's preference manager.  It does what it's supposed to do and it's free.

  • Eliot Hochberg Level 2 Level 2

    This solution I had may help some folks:


    I was having trouble exporting AIFF files from FCP 7.0.3. Trashed my prefs, still go the "Error: file too big" error.


    Turns out that I had a corrupted sequence. Made a new sequence, pasted the clips into it, and it exported fine from the same project.