Red Screen in FCPX

ATTENTION: There are multiple solutions to solve Red Screens. Please view each solution below resolve your Red Screen.

Solution 1 – Gradient Red Screen

The Gradient Red Screen indicates that your FCPX is out of date. In this video we will go over how to update FCPX to address this.

The Solid Red Screen can also indicate an FCPX version issue.  You can check the system requirements for the plugin on each product page in the System Requirements tab.

Solution 2 – Solid Red Screen

The Solid Red Screen indicates a file error between FCPX and the plugin. In this video, we go over how to correct this. If the issue persists please view the video below as well.

Solution 3 – Renaming Motion Templates

You may be seeing a Solid Red Screen because the motion template folder may not be properly named. In this video, we will walk you through how to rename these folders.

Solution 4 – Verify Permissions

The Motion Templates folder and all folders included will need to have your Administrator’s read and write permissions on each of the following folders:

Motion Templates, Effects, Generators, Titles & Transitions

These folders are located under this directory:

Macintosh HD > Users > Your User > Movies > Motion Templates

Verify the permissions by right clicking on each folder and selecting Get Info. In the following window that opens up scroll to the bottom and expand the Sharing & Permissions tab.

If your Administrator account is not added with Read & Write privileges you can add this this manually. Simply click the lock on the lower right side of the Get Info window and enter your administrator password to make changes. Then, press the plus icon to add your administrator and change the privileges to read and write. You will not have to alter any other permissions in this file path.

You will want to add your administrator to the Plug-Ins and FxPlug folders the same way you did for the Motion Templates. These folders can be found under the following directory:

Macintosh HD > Library > Plug-Ins > FxPlug

* Please note that in the example below our administrator name is pixelfilmsudios. Your admin name will be your main administrator on your computer.

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Solution 5 – Plug-Ins and FxPlug

Check to make sure that you have your Plug-Ins and FxPlug folder set up in your finder. Below is the file path for you to navigate inside of your Finder window.

📂 Macintosh HD > Library > Plug-Ins > FxPlug

If you do not have the Plug-Ins or FxPlug folder these will need to be created.

Create the folders manually by navigating to the Library directory and pressing the plus folder icon. This will add the folder inside of the Library. Then rename the folder to have the exact spelling as below.


Now select the Plug-Ins folder and press the Create a new folder in the current location once more. Then rename the folder to have the exact spelling as below.


After the Plug-Ins and FxPlug folders have been set up like in the image below re-download and reinstall your plugin. After a successful installation you will see FxPlug apps necessary to run the plugin populate in the FxPlug folder.

Download and Run FxRun

After successfully installing the plugin and seeing the apps populate in the FxPlug folder download and install the application called “FxRun” by using the download link below. This application will reset the FxPlugs that our plugins use to function in Final Cut Pro.

To use the FxRun simply double click the file and it will launch all of your Pixel Film Studios related FxPlug applications.

You may see pop up windows or only quick flashes that appear to do nothing – this is normal. If any pop up windows appear close them after the FxRun script has finished.

Open Final Cut Pro and check the plugin(s).

Solution 6 – Disable Firewalls and Anti-Virus

Please confirm that your firewall and/or anti-virus software is disabled temporarily while running the installer. This can be turned back on after a successful installation of the software.

We 100% Guarantee the safety of the installer.

* If you are still seeing the Red Screen after attempting each solution please submit a ticket or join our customer service live chat during business hours by clicking on the chat icon in the lower right corner of the site. Let us know what plugin you are installing so we can solve the issue as quickly as possible.