How to Trash Final Cut Pro X's Preferences

November 27, 2017

How to Trash Final Cut Pro X's Preferences

It's a question that comes up time and time again:

How do you trash the preferences in Final Cut Pro X ?  

The answer is easy: 

  • Quit Final Cut Pro X
  • Open Final Cut Pro X holding the Command and Option keys down
  • Click the Delete Preferences button
  • Dismiss the 'What's New Page' if it appears
  • When Final Cut Pro X fully opens, go to the Preferences and change the settings back to what you need.
It is good practice to write the preferences down or screenshot each page before you trash them. One word of warning, by default FCPX will revert to storing media in the Library.

    Don't worry about existing Libraries or Export Destinations, these will be unaffected. We would recommend toggling the background render time to something more reasonable from 0.3 up to 7 seconds for example.

    So why should you need to trash your preferences?

    It is the first thing you should try when FCPX starts to behave badly. A restart of your Mac is a good idea too.

    Please do both before you contact us if you come across a problem with one of our plugins. We are not saying you are wrong, it's just that this quick tip fixes a lot of problems that we see!

      

     






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