Blue screen: Is your version of Final Cut Pro X new enough?

When first trying out downloaded effects, transitions, titles and generators in Final Cut Pro X, sometimes the viewer turns blue.

If this happens to you, the most likely problem is that your version of Final Cut Pro X is too old. You need to use the Mac App Store to check for updates. You’ll see the update if you are signed into the App Store with the same Apple ID as you bought your copy of Final Cut Pro X.

In practice most people who provide transitions, effects, generators and titles update their versions of Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X when they come out, so any tools they make available after that only work on the new version of Final Cut.

This means most effects and transitions made available after September 20th, 2011 won’t work in version 10.0.

Most effects and transitions made available after November 16th, 2011 won’t work in version 10.0.1 or earlier.

Most effects and transitions made available after January 31st, 2012 won’t work in version 10.0.2 or earlier.

Most effects and transitions made available after April 10th, 2012 won’t work in version 10.0.3 or earlier.

Most effects and transitions made available after June 11th, 2012 won’t work in version 10.0.4 or earlier.

Most effects and transitions made available after October 23rd, 2012 won’t work in version 10.0.5 or earlier.

Most effects and transitions made available after December 6th, 2012 won’t work in version 10.0.5 or earlier, but will work in the out of date version: 10.0.6.

10.0.7 update and later

On December 6th, 2012 Apple introduced the Final Cut Pro 10.0.7 and Motion 5.0.6 updates. Interestingly, the blue ‘effect too new’ result doesn’t happen when trying to use a 5.0.6 Motion-generated effect in Final Cut Pro 10.0.6.

You can also use effects made more recently than December 2012 in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8, 10.0.9 and 10.1 and later.

A workaround for 10.0.3-10.0.5 users

Although version 10.0.6 added many new features, some editors haven’t upgraded yet because some hardware and effects they need don’t yet work.

If you have version 10.0.5 and you’d like to use an effect released since October 2012, newer templates can be modified to work in 10.0.5, 10.0.4 and 10.0.3.

Effects, transitions, generators and titles are implemented using template files made in Apple Motion. These Motion templates can be modified in a text editor. Drag the Motion template file (stored in the template folder) onto an application that can edit text – such as TextEdit.

10.0.6 compatible .moef, .motr, .motn and .moti files start with the following text:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE ozxmlscene>
<ozml version="5.5">

<displayversion>5.0.5</displayversion>

Apple has confirmed that the file format for Motion templates hasn’t changed since the introduction of Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 (apart from these headers – which Final Cut Pro and Motion check to see if they should open).

Change the start of the files so that Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3-10.0.6 and Motion 5.0.2-5.0.4 will open them:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE ozxmlscene>
<ozml version="5.2">

<displayversion>5.0.2</displayversion>

Note that if the Motion template uses a FxPlug installed plug-in that isn’t compatible with the old version of Final Cut Pro you are using, then the template won’t work.

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4 comments
  1. dewey said:

    Fixed Thanks Alex! If I use this regularly I will donate!

  2. Dante said:

    Thanks alot…..it really worked. You are the real deal sir. Mr. Alex4D Real Deal.

    For anyone who comes across this problem here are the specific steps to use newer plug ins with fcpx 10.0.3-10.0.5 (fyi I use 10.0.5) 1. Click on your hard disk drive. 2. CLick on “users”. 3 Click on your home user. 4 CLick on “movies”. 5 click on “Motion Templates.” 6. Click “Effects.” 7. Click “Alex4D.” 8. Click “Alex4D Magic Lantern HDR.” 9. Now right click on the file that ends with “.moef” then from the popping menu scroll to “open with” then choose the option “Other…” and look for the program “TextEdit” then simply open it.

    The file will open in text edit and will show exactly what Alex4D shows above in the workaround for 10.0.3-10.0.5 users. When you try to edit the text as it is shown above it will ask you to unlock the file so DO unlock it or else you wont be able to edit it. Once you’re done just close the file, and IF it asks if you want to save it do so. If not it has already saved any changes on its own.

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