Installing Effects in Final Cut Pro X

by | Jan 17, 2021 | Final Cut Pro X, Tips and Tutorials

In this blog post, I’m going to walk you through the process of installing effects into Final Cut Pro X. This can be a bit tricky, as Apple doesn’t make it super straightforward, but I’ve found three effective methods to do it. Whether you’ve created your own effects or purchased them from asset websites like Envato, Video Hive, Motion VFX, etc., these methods will help you get your new effects up and running in Final Cut Pro X in no time.

Method 1: Using Apple Motion

  • Apple Motion: This is a companion app to Final Cut Pro, similar to Adobe After Effects. It’s used for creating motion graphics and is often the tool used by creators of title packs and other effects.
  • Installation: When you install Apple Motion (costs around $50), a ‘Motion Templates’ folder is created in your Movies folder. You can directly add your purchased or created effects into this folder.
  • Advantages: This method keeps your effects safe and standalone. They remain unaffected by Final Cut Pro updates.

Method 2: Traditional Installation

  • Accessing Final Cut Pro Contents: Right-click on Final Cut Pro in your Applications folder and select ‘Show Package Contents’.
  • Navigating to Templates Folder: Follow this path: Contents > Plugins > Media Providers > MotionEffect.fxp > Contents > Resources > Templates. Here, you’ll find folders for Effects, Generators, Titles, and Transitions.
  • Adding Effects: Paste your purchased or created assets into the respective folder.
  • Caveat: Remember, if you update Final Cut Pro, these manually added effects will be overwritten. Before updating, copy the entire Templates folder and keep it safe to re-add after the update.

Method 3: Creating a Motion Templates Folder

  • Creating the Folder: If you don’t have Apple Motion, you can create a ‘Motion Templates’ folder in your Movies folder. Inside, create folders named ‘Titles’, ‘Transitions’, etc., with the first letter capitalized.
  • Making the Folder Recognizable: Right-click on each folder, select ‘Get Info’, and add ‘.localized’ to the folder name in the File Name and Extensions field.
  • Advantages: This method mimics having Apple Motion, allowing Final Cut Pro to recognize these folders and their contents. It’s a workaround that doesn’t require purchasing Apple Motion.
  • Note: This method’s success varies among users, so it might be a bit hit or miss.


These three methods offer different ways to add effects into Final Cut Pro X, depending on whether you want to invest in Apple Motion or not. Each has its pros and cons, but they all allow you to enhance your Final Cut Pro experience with additional effects.

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