fcpx 10 2 bugs

As much as we love the 10.2 update to Final Cut Pro X, it isn't perfect. The new additions such as the 3D Text titles are lovely, but the update also brought a range of bugs. Here a a few of the annoying ones!

We thought it was worth writing down the ones we have come across, just in case other editors experience the same problems and wonder if it is them or their system. Apple brought out a quick bug fix within a month of 10.1 being released, so hopefully we might see an update with 10.2.1 very soon.

The first bug is cosmetic, the timeline has 'compressed' sections of the edit at various places. We noticed this occur the moment we updated to 10.2 on some large multicam sequences. Having spent half an hour this morning trying to recreate the problem for a screengrab, we couldn't get an example to show itself! 

We will have to use the example Thomas Grove Carter published on a FCPX Facebook page:

TGC Track drawing issue


We have managed to reproduce the problem. Looks like it occurs when you have expanded the audio or have a connected audio clip.

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It may be cosmetic, but it is still a bug that needs fixing.

More serious is a problem when applying a plugin to a clip that isn't on the secondary storyline. 10.2 introduced a rather nasty bug where the runtime isn't passed onto the plugin and thus the plugin won't change its state. This only applies to plugins that are coded or made with a third party application such as Quartz Composer. Motion templates should run fine.

Some plugins have the ability to be keyframed manually which will get around this issue. Again, a quick fix would be good.

Another plugin bug (although it might be related to the above) was reported by Neat Video. FCPX 10.2 caused their noise reduction plugin to show and render black. To fix this, download the latest version from the Neat Video website. We are not too sure if a problem project will be automatically fixed or if you will have to apply an instance of the new plugin to each clip.

We have to thank Forum member Damian Grady for pointing out this Draw Mask oddity. 

"If I scale a clip and move it in X and Y (or just x or y) and then apply the Draw Mask effect, once I complete the loop of points, the position transforms reset to zero.
So, basically, I can only use this effect on unscaled, unmoved clips. That can't be right!"

With so many codes around these days, it is hard to test every one out in every situation. Apple has announced it is aware of a problem with AVCHD. Read more on the white paper Resolving Black Frames Issues with Panasonic AVCHD and Final Cut Pro X 10.2.

Lastly is the odd problem of XAVC L import which we mentioned shortly after 10.2 was released. We know that it is still annoying Sony FS7 users out there. Apple hopefully will use the next update to fix this problem and maybe extend the import compatibility to other new cameras codecs.

We will be keeping a keen eye out on the App Store icon in our dock for an update. In the meantime, if you have spotted any other bugs in 10.2, then please report them to Apple on their Feedback Form. This is the best way to report faults to the FCPX team.




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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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