Final Cut Pro Not Exporting Full Video? - Here're 5 Solutions!

When facing export issues in Final Cut Pro, address potential corrupted source files, ensure correct timeline selection, and consider refreshing render files or starting with a new library. With patience and methodical troubleshooting, you can resolve common export challenges and achieve a seamless project output.

September 30, 2023
Final Cut Pro Not Exporting Full Video?  - Here're 5 Solutions!
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Why is Final Cut Pro not exporting my video?

Sometimes Final Cut Pro might show that your video has been exported, but when you playback the exported video, only part of the video has been exported. It's not an uncommon issue for those who have been using FCPX for long.


  • Understanding the common issues with exporting in Final Cut Pro
  • Step-by-step solutions to address and rectify these problems
  • Practical tips and tricks to ensure a smooth export process
  • Insights from personal experiences navigating these challenges

Addressing Corrupted Source Files

When I first encountered issues with exporting, I looked into the source files. You see, certain source materials can be tricky. If you've imported files in ProRes 422 using Blackmagic Media Express, there's a chance they might not export in other formats. So, what you can do is:

  • Open Final Cut Pro and locate the project in question.
  • Check the format of your source files. If they're in ProRes 422, consider converting them to a more universal format.
  • To convert, you can use external software or even some built-in tools within Final Cut Pro.

Syncing Audio and Video

Audio issues can be a real headache, believe me. If you've applied effects to your audio and it's out of sync with the video, here's a simple fix:

  • In the timeline, click on the audio clip that's giving you trouble.
  • Right-click and choose "Detach Audio." This separates the audio from the video.
  • Now, play the video and manually adjust the audio to sync with the video. It's a bit like adjusting the hands of a clock until you get the right time.
  • Once synced, you can reattach or leave them detached, based on your preference.

Ensuring Correct Timeline Selection

Guess what? One common mistake beginners make is not selecting the correct timeline. No worries, it's an easy fix:

  • In Final Cut Pro, ensure you're not just clicking on a clip in the browser.
  • Click anywhere in the actual timeline (that long horizontal space where your video and audio clips are laid out).
  • Once you've clicked on the timeline, navigate to the top menu and select File > Share. This ensures you're exporting the entire project and not just a single clip.

Handling Corrupted Frames or Media

Bad frames can seriously ruin your export. If you encounter an error that says "Bad Frame," here's what to do:

  • In the timeline, locate the frame causing the issue. Think of it as finding a specific page in a book.
  • Try to reload that frame by dragging it from the browser back into the timeline.
  • If that doesn't work, you might need to remove that frame entirely. It's a bit like removing a damaged page from a book to ensure the rest reads smoothly.

Dealing with Corrupted Render Files

Render files are like the magic behind the scenes, making your edits look smooth. But sometimes, they can get corrupted. So, here's how to address that:

  • In Final Cut Pro, select your project in the browser.
  • Navigate to the top menu and choose File > Delete Generated Project Files.
  • A dialog box will appear. Tick the box that says "Delete Render Files" and confirm.
  • Now, when you try to export, Final Cut Pro will recreate these render files. It might take a bit longer, but it's worth the wait.

Replacing Corrupted Video Files

If a video clip in your project seems corrupted, no doubt, it can cause export issues. Here's a step-by-step to fix it:

  • In the timeline, identify the corrupted clip.
  • Consider swapping it out with another clip or re-importing it from the source.
  • To re-import, navigate to File > Import, and select the desired clip. It's like replacing a faulty ingredient in a recipe to ensure the dish turns out perfect.

Creating a Fresh Library

At the end of the day, if all else fails, sometimes starting fresh can be the best solution. Here's how:

  • In Final Cut Pro, navigate to the top menu and select File > New > Library.
  • Choose a location, give it a name, and save.
  • You'll see your new library in the browser. Now, drag your project into this new library. It's akin to moving your belongings to a new, clean room.