5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2013 11:41 AM by e2photo
e2photo Level 2 (165 points)

When I drag and drop a picture from Aperture that was processed through photoshop and a filter (like Nik) and it is saved as a PSD, when that image is pulled over to FCPX, I get a missing plugin message.  When I do the same process, but as a tiff it seems to be ok. 



  • James Cude Level 4 (1,345 points)

    Correct- a TIF does not retain the plugin info outside of Photoshop whereas a PSD will. So if you want to bring stills into FCP with Filters, they need to be rendered i.e. exported to a format that flattens filters out first.

  • fox_m Level 5 (5,030 points)

    If you need to save the filter non-destructively in your PSD, I *believe* that converting the layers with filters to Smart Objects will be "respected" in FCPX. (It's late and I don't have time to verify that.)

  • e2photo Level 2 (165 points)

    I tried converting layer to Smart Object.  Did not work.  Also rasterized it and that did not work either.  Tiff format does work.

  • fox_m Level 5 (5,030 points)

    Was the PSD an 8-bit RGB? I don't have any problems importing images with Smart Objects that have filters applied:


    Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 12.42.17 PM.png

    The above contains 2 smart objects with artistic filters, masks, adjustment layers (levels, hue-saturation). All of these filters and adjustment layers are still available in the saved PSD file - nothing was rasterized. It imports into FCPX as a 2-layered PSD and each layer is individually accessible.


    Rasterizing is a "destructive" edit.


    PSDs must be 8-bit RGB mode in order to receive "full support" in FCPX.

  • e2photo Level 2 (165 points)

    Even as 8 bit it does not work saying Plugin missing


    FCPX 10.0.8

    Aperture 3.4.5


    Take a NEF file in Aperture, Open in CS6 with PSD 8 bit, apply Nik Silver Efex Pro filter, convert Silver Efex layer to Smart Object, save changes back into Aperture, drag and drop image into FCPX project or event and get 'Plugin missing' red yellow warning. 


    Working in TIFF does work.