Please note: This advice is for a previous version of FCPX and does not apply to new versions.
Final Cut Pro X doesn’t really crash that often for me. I expected some of that when it was new, and with 10.0.3 I really don’t have many crashes. When it does crash it just stops working and you can restart where you left off.
Recently I had a crash where FCPX didn’t crash, it froze, and I got the dreaded whirly beach ball of death. Then when I restarted FCPX right where it left off, with the whirly ball. Even restarting the computer did the same thing. Others have occasionally experienced the same thing.
So I have prepared this video so that if it happens to you, you will know how to recover. It can be stressful. You can’t get your project done and you start worrying about losing the project entirely. What you need to do to fix it is move your active project and/or event out of the folders of your current projects and get them off line. You then can restart FCPX successfully. Afterwards you can move your project/event back and you will be back to work.
To make things easier I use and recommend the $4.99 Event Manager X. If you don’t have it you really need to get it. What are you waiting for? Get here from IntelligentAssistance.com. This video tutorial shows you how to use it to recover from a freezing crash with Final Cut Pro X.
One note regarding the video: you can actually use Event Manager to move your events and projects without stopping FCPX. In the video I quit FCPX before restarting with Event Manager. I did that for training purposes. If FCPX freezes then you have to force quit and Event Manager can’t do its magic unless FCPX quits. Once everything is working right you can rely on Event Manager to quit FCPX, move events and projects, and restart FCPX.
BTW I got FCPX to actually crash for the video, so it was a live recording of an actual event. In a future post I’ll let you know just how I got it to crash so you can avoid it yourself.