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Launching Final Cut 7 with FCPX Installed

So you're curious about Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, but you (smartly) want to keep your production facility on the old Final Cut Studio until Apple can work out the kinks.  Either now or later, you'll probably want to run FCPX/Motion 5 and the old Final Cut Studio in parallel on the same machine.  

We and our clients haven't run into any serious problems running both versions, but there is one gotcha.  After you install Motion 5, you may encounter an error the next time you try to launch FCP7:

This version of Final Cut Pro is incompatible with Motion 5 which is installed in a directory that previously contained Motion 4.  Please move Motion 5 to another directory and restart Final Cut Pro.
The solution is simple: just create a subfolder in your Applications folder, and drag the new Motion into that subfolder.  In the screenshots below, we've named the subfolder "Motion 5," but any name will do.
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Once you've tucked the new Motion into a subfolder, Final Cut Pro 7 should launch just fine!
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