Installing Video Filters

During the installation of Final Cut Studio, a number of default FXScript plug-ins and FxPlug plug-ins are installed.

You can install additional plug-ins that you create yourself or purchase from a third party. Always follow installation instructions included with third-party plug-ins.

Final Cut Pro examines specific folders for plug-ins when the application opens. Installation is often as simple as placing a plug-in in the correct folder on your hard disk and then restarting Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro checks more than one location for each kind of plug-in (the specific plug-in folder locations are given in the next sections).

Installing FxPlug Plug-ins

Final Cut Pro searches the following folders for FxPlug plug-ins if the folders are present on your system (they are typically created when installing third-party software):

  • /Library/Plug-Ins/FxPlug/

  • /Users/username/Library/Plug-Ins/FxPlug/

If you install an FxPlug plug-in and it does not appear in the Effects tab, make sure the plug-in is installed in one of the folders that Final Cut Pro searches for plug-ins when opening (see above for a list of installation locations).

If you installed the plug-in while Final Cut Pro was open, quit Final Cut Pro and then open it again.

Final Cut Pro also searches for plug-ins in the default Motion FxPlug folder:

  • /Library/Application Support/ProApps/SharedA/Plug-Ins

Important: You should not install filters in this folder yourself.

Installing FXScript Plug-ins

FXScript plug-ins that you create yourself or purchase from a third party should be installed in one of the following folders:

  • /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Plugins/

  • /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/Plugins/

FXScript plug-ins included with Final Cut Pro are stored within the application itself.

Loading Plug-ins from a Network Server

If properly configured by a network system administrator, Final Cut Pro checks the following directory path for plug-ins:

  • /Network/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro/Plugins/

For more information, see Audio/Video Settings and Easy Setups.