In case of any install errors – try changing machine date to 2011 (Latest versions of MAC OS X checks for security certificates and often prevent old software from installing). Alternatively – just install manually using Pacifist.
Tested and working in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, haven’t tried in Sierra.
When Apple replaced its movie-editing software Final Cut 7 with Final Cut Pro X, the pros were outraged.
The all new, cheaper, more amateur-friendly version was missing some beloved features of its predecessor. Even Conan O’Brien mocked Pro X.
Apple has heard the yowls from studios and reintroduced Final Cut 7, but it can only be purchased through Apple telesales (unless you find a store with an old copy on the shelf), and it’s at the original price of $1,000. The deal is for a limited and unspecified time.
Most of the missing features will matter more to professionals than the casual user. David Pogue has outlined them in detail (with workarounds for many of the issues) in his column.
One possible exception: it is impossible to import work from Final Cut 7 to Final Cut X. That means partially finished Final Cut 7 projects must be completed in 7. That also means many pro editors will have to keep both products on their computers for some time to come.
It’s a pattern we’ve seen before. When Apple reworked iMovie in 2008, it came out with a version that was supposed to simpler — and it was, by virtue of removing several features. The newer version was met with wailing and the rending of clothes. Apple slowly restored many earlier features in the intervening years.
It appears to have done something similar with Final Cut. The newer version costs $300 (plus another $50 each to add Motion and Compressor), and is much easier to use than the earlier professional version.
That was of little comfort to a producer in the middle of assembling a film if he needed to bring in more editors and add more workstations — don’t forget, the new version won’t work with film begun on the old system.
It’s for those producers that Apple said it has reintroduced Final Cut 7.
For the rest of us, especially the video dabblers, it makes more sense to get used to Final Cut Pro X, which more than serves most amateur needs.
Or there’s always Adobe Premier Elements.