Apple has revealed that its aging-but-beloved video editing program, Final Cut Pro 7, will not be supported by macOS High Sierra. If they update Apple’s upcoming operating system, existing Final Cut Pro 7 users who want to continue using Final Cut for video editing will be forced to transition to Final Cut Pro X.
This puts video editors who use FCP 7 in a rough spot. If you don’t update to the latest macOS, you might expose yourself to security risks; if you do, you’ll be forced to adapt your workflow to Final Cut Pro X, which many professionals are less fond of. According to cinema5D, Apple has started to notify Final Cut users about the change in an email that informs users that they’ll need to upgrade to newer versions like Final Cut Pro X, Compressor 4 and Motion 5 ASAP.
“Older versions of Apple pro video applications — including applications in Final Cut Studio — will not launch on a computer running macOS High Sierra,” reads the email. “New versions of Apple pro video applications — including Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 — are compatible with macOS High Sierra. You can purchase these applications on the Mac App Store.”
Final Cut Pro 7 users who are interested in making the transition to the newer version are being directed to this page. Apple has also published a 22-page whitepaper for Final Cut Pro 7 users who are switching to X.