How to Recover Deleted/Lost Final Cut Pro Project/Files

Updated to macOS Data Recovery Tips by Harper on Jan 16, 2022

"How to restore Final Cut Pro project after the crash? While I edit a video, the software crashed. It did not appear when I reopen the software. Does anyone know how to get back the projects from Final Cut Pro crashed lost project?"

If there is something wrong with your Mac that results in the Final Cut Pro lost project, you can make full use of the automatic Final Cut Pro backup to restore the project after the crash since the software makes automatic library backups at regular intervals. Here are the simple steps:

How to Find Missing Files in Final Cut Pro

  1. Go to the Movies folder on your Mac (if you don’t know where it is, search in Spotlight) and find Final Cut Pro.
  2. Open the Final Cut Pro folder and in the libraries sidebar, select the library you want to restore.
  3. Select File > Open Library > From Backup, and click "Restore from".
  4. In the options list, choose the Final Cut Pro project which was created from a specific time and date (the moment your Mac crashes). That’s it!

Please note that by doing this way, you’ve learned how to restore the missing Final Cut Pro project by restoring it from the backup. It only gets the project file, not the resource media files. If you’ve deleted the media files or the project file, you need to learn furthermore for how to recover deleted projects from Final Cut Pro. Let’s see how to do it.

Some people thought it is useless to keep the FCP files or projects since each of them is really big. And the best way to clean up for more space is to delete them. However, after deleting them, they realized the projects are important. Either for intentional or unintentional deletion, if you want to retrieve deleted Final Cut Pro project or file, you need to follow the guide below.

How to Recover Final Cut Pro Project after Disappeared

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How to Recover Deleted Projects from Final Cut Pro

  1. Install the FCP Recovery tool
  2. Download the latest version of the Final Cut Pro data recovery software. After then, please install it on your Mac. Before that, please make sure you’ve enabled the macOS preferences as "install apps from trusted sources and App Store" since this program is not available at the App Store (Apple official denies all these kinds of software).

  3. Select File Types to Scan
  4. Next, launch the Final Cut Pro project recovery tool. In the start-up window, all supported files are selected, be ready for the data recovery process. Please uncheck them and only select the "Videos"(if you need to get back the resource media files) and "Others". After then, click "Start" to recover deleted files on Mac.

  5. Select Hard Drive to Scan
  6. After then, please select the target hard drive where once your Final Cut Pro projects are saved. After then, click "Scan", letting the software scans for the deleted Final Cut Pro files.

  7. Restore missing files on Final Cut Pro
  8. Be patient for the software to finish the whole scanning process. After then, you can see that all found files are sorted into categories. You can filter the Final Cut Pro project files with its file extension either FCP or FCPX on the left panel. After then, preview the files on the right side. When finding the target Final Cut Pro projects, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

The Deep Scan option is available at the result window of the software. You can try it if you haven’t found the deleted Final Cut Pro files scanned by the Quick Scan. It takes longer to scan your Mac again for the deleted FCP files.