Final Cut Pro Export Error: Why it Occurs

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We sometimes export several Final Cut Pro projects on a single day. When we are not careful enough, we see an export error as shown in Screenshot 01. Once, we saw this error message after waiting for Final Cut Pro for 7 to 8 hours to finish compressing a video. That really hurt our schedule.

Apple Final Cut Pro export error
Screenshot 01
Apple Final Cut Pro export error
Screenshot 02

A few months ago, I saw a post at Apple Support Discussions for Japanese users ( where one said that a cause of an export error might be a wrong file destination and/or a wrong volume where project files are stored. This post seems to have been since removed. Anyway, that’s unlikely to be a direct cause. We have all Final Cut Pro projects stored on an external FireWire-powered hard disk drive. In many cases, we export QuickTime movies to this volume. We even export final QuickTime videos to a USB disk in some occasions. And we have never seen an error message caused by the file destination or storage volume.

By the way, we intentionally caused an export error shown in the screenshot. We knew the cause whenever we saw an export error.  Continue reading