About Final Cut Pro X and Motion plug-in compatibility

Learn how Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and Motion 5.3 check compatibility of third-party plug-ins.

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and Motion 5.3 automatically check for third-party plug-in compatibility when you open the applications for the first time. If any plug-ins aren't compatible, a message appears showing a list of the plug-ins.

The message also shows the versions and the manufacturers of the incompatible plug-ins. Contact the manufacturers for information on updates. If updates aren't available, remove the plug-in until a compatible version is available using the method recommended by the manufacturer.

Manually removing plug-ins

Most plug-in manufacturers provide uninstallers or other methods for removing their plug-ins. If, however, a manufacturer has no information on removing their plug-ins, you can manually remove them. Close Final Cut Pro X or Motion, then move the files related to the plug-in you want to remove from one of the following locations on your Mac to another location (such as the Desktop):

  • /Library/Plug-Ins/FxPlug/
  • /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Plugins/
  • ~/Library/Plug-Ins/FxPlug/

To access ~/Library, choose Finder > Go, then press the Option key and choose Library.

Remove any third-party plug-in preset files from the following locations:

  • ~/Movies/Motion Templates.localized/Effects/
  • ~/Movies/Motion Templates.localized/Generators/
  • ~/Movies/Motion Templates.localized/Titles/
  • ~/Movies/Motion Templates.localized/Transitions/
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