Using Final Cut Pro 6 / 7 documents on Mavericks with Final Cut Pro X
*things to know*
Mavericks does not officially support legacy versions of Final Cut. Meaning any version prior to Final Cut Pro X won’t install on Mavericks. On top of that, Final Cut Pro X is not backwards compatible with .fcp files from previous versions.
However, there is a very specific work around solution to this problem. That is what we will discuss here, as it is very important to follow these steps in order. Since Final Cut Pro does not support files from previous versions, you must install your legacy version alongside Final Cut Pro X. Additionally, if you install Final Cut Pro X before you install your legacy version, you will have to remove Final Cut Pro X… So, lets get started.
First, since legacy versions of Final Cut are not supported on mavericks you will get an error if you try to run the default installer. “You can’t open the application FinalCutProStudio.mpkg because PowerPC Applications are no longer supported” What you have to do is put in the disk, open up a Terminal window and run the following command
$ sudo installer -package /Volumes/Final\ Cut\ Studio/Installer/FinalCutStudio.mpkg -target /
There will be no windows that pop up or activation screens. When installation is complete you will simply get a “Upgrade was successful” message in the Terminal window.
Second, before you get all excited now that your legacy version is installed and you install Final Cut Pro X, STOP! As you must first update your legacy version before installing X. Because, once you install X, it will move the installation of your legacy version and the updates will fail. After you install all of your updates to the legacy version, you may then proceed to the app store, and install Final Cut Pro X!