How to Find the Fonts Inside Final Cut Pro and Motion

October 05, 2021

How to Find the Fonts Inside Final Cut Pro and Motion

Not the most thrilling of tutorial titles, but a solution to a problem that you might come across if you use Final Cut Pro and Motion on a regular basis.

So what is the problem? There are a couple.

First of all, the extra fonts that are supplied when you install FCP or Motion don’t appear in Font Book. So if you have a client that likes the font you used in a video and wants to use the text style in Photoshop, it won’t appear in that dropdown menu.

Or you might have built a plugin in Motion for Final Cut Pro that you want to hand over to another editor and you can’t remember if the font is built-in or if you downloaded it a while ago whilst working on another project.

This is exactly what happened to us when we built our latest plugin Karaoke Graphics: What fonts did we use and where did they come from? Help!

A good place to start is to consult the Apple documents on the supplied fonts for the macOS. If the font is on that list then it will be on most people’s Macs. Note that there are extra fonts available if your applications need to download them.

List of Fonts included in macOS:  Big Sur  Catalina  Mojave

Then we would check the list of fonts that Final Cut Pro and Motion install.

How to Find the Fonts Inside Final Cut Pro and Motion -

  1. Find Final Cut Pro in the Applications folder
  2. Right click on the icon to ‘Show Package Contents’
  3. Navigate to Contents/Frameworks/Flexo.frameworks/Versions/A/Resources/Fonts

 

Show Final Cut Pro package contents


You will then find the list of installed fonts for FCP and Motion. The list gets added to during updates so rather than catalogue them here, please check your list. It should be a lot longer than our top-half screengrab!

How to find the fonts included with Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion

You can then copy the font (not drag) out of the folder and install into Font Book as usual to use in other apps. You do this at your own risk as exploring within the FCP package contents isn’t a good idea if you are unsure.





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