While I’m often the person my friends and family call upon for technical support for Windows, Android, or things on the internet, I have little experience with the Apple ecosystem. But when my friend Josh told me about his sudden and confusing issue with Final Cut Pro X, I was so intrigued that I had to investigate. We eventually figured it out, and I got a crash-course in OSX as well.
Final Cut Pro X (10.2) would crash and display a “Final Cut Pro quit unexpectedly” error message whenever an export option was selected.
- OS – El Capitan
- FCPX – Version 10.2, without Compressor or Motion.
- iMovie – 10.1.6
No new applications had been installed recently, and FCPX had been working correctly after the last OSX upgrade.
We couldn’t try restoring from a backup as there weren’t any viable backups, but all of the following troubleshooting steps had already been tried without success:
- restarting the MacBook
- clearing FCPX preferences
- making a new FCPX library
- deleting generated render files
- making a new user account
- booting in safe mode