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Simple fix for Final Cut Pro X Plugin Error | How to get rid of the Red Error like Magic!

Updated: Apr 18, 2021

Simple fix for Final Cut Pro X Plugin Error | How to get rid of the Red Error like Magic!

Have you tried every troubleshooting tip out there and STILL can't fix the Red Error warning on your Final Cut Pro X Plugins? So did I, and I was SO frustrated until I found this one simple tip that worked like magic! If your plugins are not working in FCPX no matter what you try, this tip may help - it worked for me like magic and it's super simple! If you prefer to watch the video tutorial, you can do that above or on my YouTube channel here.

I’m fairly new to YouTube, but I did recently make the switch from editing my videos using iMovie to using Final Cut Pro X. Now, I'm not going to go into all the differences here and the reasons why I switched - that's for another blog post, which you can check out here. But, one of the main things that I was really excited about using in Final Cut Pro was the ability to use external or third-party plug-ins.

Final Cut Pro does come with a lot of built-in plug-ins, but if you want to uplevel your videos or just have some effects that are different than everybody else has, you're going to need to use third-party plug-ins for things like transitions, special effects, animated text, etc. Most of the third-party plug-ins that I got worked just fine, and I was super excited to use them, but a couple of the ones that I got just would NOT load no matter what I did. And it was SO frustrating! I kept on getting this error... Maybe you've seen it?

Now, there are actually two versions of this. One has this red gradient:

That is not the one I got and one of them has the solid red. And that's the one that I was having a problem with. Now, if you're getting the error with the red gradient, usually from my research, what that means is that you just need to upgrade Final Cut Pro to the latest version.

Now, as of recording my video I was still on the 90-day free trial, so that wasn't my problem. And that wasn't the error message or image that I was getting. I tried all the troubleshooting tips I could find anywhere online - on YouTube, on Google, etc.

I'll put some links at the end of this post to some of the videos with other tips that I tried. If you haven't tried them yet, try those first because, for most plug-ins, I think they will work.

But for me, just for these couple of plug-ins, from this one particular website, they just weren't working. And I was SO frustrated because I really wanted to use them in my next video. So, I decided to go to the “horse’s mouth” and emailed the developers of the plug-ins themselves. Luckily, they were super responsive and they got back to me, I think in less than 12 hours! And, they gave me this tip. But it wasn't on their website. I didn't see it anywhere else on YouTube. And if anyone else is having this problem, I wanted to give you guys this tip that for me, worked like MAGIC on these two plug-ins that just would not load no matter what I did.

It's actually super simple. And it's just a little issue in your Finder folders that just needs to be fixed.

Here's all you have to do. First, make sure you uninstall any non-working plug-ins and it's usually best to restart your computer before you start this process. Next, go to your Finder and then navigate to Macintosh HD and then the Library. Make sure in the Library folder, there's a folder called "Plug-ins" and inside that is another folder called "FxPlug". If you don't see these folders, simply create them.

PLEASE NOTE: that this fix was for plug-ins that had installer files, not ones that you manually install. These were from Pixel Film Studios plugins, which I highly recommend by the way, but if you're getting an error and you've tried everything else without success, this may be a solution for you.

So that's it. That's all I had to do. I reinstalled the plug-ins and everything worked like magic! I don't know if it's just on the free trial or if it's all of the latest versions of Final Cut Pro, but apparently in some installations, it actually just deletes these folders and you have to just go and put them back in. And then when the files install, then they go in the right places and everything works.

I'm definitely not a tech guru. I don't claim to know how all of these things work, but for me, this worked like magic. And I just wanted to share this tip with everyone out there in case you were having this problem too. And you were just butting your head against the wall and you've tried everything else. Here's just one more thing that you can try and see if you get your plug-in error to go away. I hope this was helpful for you!


Other tutorials that can help with plugin errors...

Where I got my plugins...

Click here to head over to my YouTube channel and get more tips, tricks and tutorials for FREE!

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