Final Cut Pro 7 imports files as "Offline" - Fix
Posted by Robert Monaghan on 27 March 2015 01:16 AM

Most files import into Final Cut Pro 7 without any issues.

However, some files that were created using a Windows NT/XP/Vista/7 OS, will often have a set of "Permissions" attached. These permissions are called "ACLs" or Access Control Lists. In many cases, these ACLs are mostly ignored, with the exception of FCP7. If FCP7 sees these permissions, it will treat these files as being "Offline". To fix the problem, you need to remove (or "strip") these permissions from the file. This will not harm the file at all. 

Attached is an AppleScript droplet that you can download and use. Simply drag and drop your file onto the Droplet, and the ACLs will be removed.

If you have an existing automated workflow, you can also use the following Unix command on your Macintosh, to remove the ACLs as well:

xattr -d <path to file>


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