If you're unable to share an item in Final Cut Pro

Find out what to do if you can't share projects, clips and other items in Final Cut Pro.

If the share operation has failed

"The share operation [share destination] has failed" may appear when sharing from a Final Cut Pro library located on an external storage device or when sharing to an external storage device. This can happen if the storage device isn't formatted correctly. This can also occur when sharing to destinations other than the Export File destination. 

Check the format of the storage device. In the Finder, click on the storage device to select it, then choose File > Get Info. View the drive format in the General section of the window.

Local volumes, such as external storage devices, must be formatted as APFS or Mac OS Extended. Final Cut Pro libraries can also be stored on Xsan volumes and shared storage that use the SMB or NFS protocol. Some storage devices may be pre-formatted in unsupported formats, such as FAT32 or ExFat, which you'll need to reformat. You also can't use drives used for Time Machine backups.

Before attempting to share again, do any of the following:

  • Move your library to a properly formatted volume. 
  • Back up the data on the storage device, reformat the device, then move the data back to the storage device.
  • Make sure that the drive has enough storage space for the estimated file size in the Share window.

Find out what to do if you can't share to DVD or Blu-ray from Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor.


If you see "Video rendering error: 10008" or "Error: RenderFrameAt returned: # for absolute frame: #####"

If you receive one of these alerts when trying to share your project, it means that the clip shown in the alert is unusable. The clip name and its timecode location are displayed in the alert so you can locate the unusable clip in your project.

To correct this, import the source clip again into Final Cut Pro. Before importing media into Final Cut Pro, always back up source media by creating a camera archive. By doing this, you'll always have a fresh copy available to reimport if necessary.

If a backup or Final Cut Pro camera archive of the source media isn't available, you may need to record the clip again. Before recording, check with the camera manufacturer for any firmware updates for your camera.


If you see "This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera", or Share menu options are dimmed

You may encounter the following when trying to share an item in Final Cut Pro:

  • "This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera" alert.
  • Some clips have a camera icon  on the bottom-left corner of the clip.
  • Share menu options are dimmed.

In your project, look for any clip with a camera icon . This icon indicates that the clip never successfully imported into a Final Cut Pro library. Instead, the clip is located on a connected camera, on a memory card or in a camera archive. This could have occurred because a camera or other device was disconnected before the clip finished importing.

Use the browser search field to quickly find these clips.

  1. In the Libraries sidebar, select any libraries, events or folders you want to search.
  2. Click the Search button  at the top of the browser, and type missing in the search field. The browser shows all missing files. Any file located on a connected camera, on a memory card or in a camera archive appears in the browser with a camera icon 

After you've located the affected clips, you'll need to reimport them from the original source to successfully share the item.

Reimport clips

To reimport clips, you must have the original media on a camera, on a memory card or in a camera archive.

  1. Make sure that the drive set as the library storage location for media has enough storage space.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Connect the camera that contains the clip to your Mac, and power on the camera. 
    • Insert the memory card that contains the clip into your Mac or a connected card reader.
    • Make sure the camera archive that contains the clip is located in one of the Final Cut Pro camera archives on your system.
  3. In Final Cut Pro, a camera icon will still appear on the clip, but it'll now be available to reimport:
    • To reimport one clip, select the clip in the browser.
    • To reimport all clips in an event, select the event in the Libraries sidebar.
  4. Choose File > Import > Reimport from Camera/Archive.


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