Installing Final Cut Pro Studio 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
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tl;dr

$ sudo installer -package /Volumes/Final\ Cut\ Studio/Installer/FinalCutStudio.mpkg -target /

tl;dr #2

For details on the exact cause and an easier workaround than below, click here to see my blog post with technical details on the how / why Final Cut Studio HD2 is being blocked from install without Rosetta.

Trying to reinstall Final Cut Pro Studio 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion today, I ran into this seemingly impenetrable road block:

Of course my initial reaction was to scream, curse, and rant on Twitter. After calming down, I decided to do a Google search as obviously I couldn’t be the only one running into this problem before. Unfortunately, much to my dismay, I found a ton of links of people who thought they knew the answer (but ultimately were clueless), saying it just flat out wasn’t supported and there wasn’t any solution.

Thankfully I stumbled across this blog post describing how to install FCS2 using Rosetta from a 10.6 disc. I questioned it’s accuracy because I knew Lion removed PPC support, but figured it was worth a shot. Unfortunately opening my Snow Leopard box I found the disc was missing as apparently I didn’t put it back away properly last time. Scrounging all over the house, I couldn’t find it anywhere. Doing a deep dive across the web, I wasn’t able to find a single URL (outside sketchy file download services) anywhere that I could download it either.

Back at square one again, I started thinking to myself “there’s gotta be some flag or something that’s preventing it as all the binaries are universal”, yet trying everything I could think of for search terms was proving to be fruitless. Then it dawned on me, “what if I try installing via the command line?” Low and behold, that was the magic sauce that did the trick. Apparently running `installer` via a shell works perfectly!

To get going, fire up Terminal and enter this at the command prompt:

$ sudo installer -package /Volumes/Final\ Cut\ Studio/Installer/FinalCutStudio.mpkg -target /

When running the installer, you’ll see a bunch of messages like this:

But those are expected and not an issue. The install takes a while and you won’t see any graphical progress, but ultimately you’ll see this:

installer: The install was successful.

At that point, you are all set!

Enjoy!

-Jeremy

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173 Responses to “Installing Final Cut Pro Studio 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)”

  1. Noober says:

    Hey so the install worked but the system never asked me for my cd-key. I just opened final cut pro and it worked with any registration questions. Is that normal?

  2. Tyler says:

    BRAVO. This worked perfectly for me in OSX 10.8.2. I just needed to do a basic install of FCS2 in order to immediately upgrade it to FCS3. Thanks so much.

  3. The FLACmaniak says:

    Will this work on Mountain Lion 10.8.3?

  4. jason says:

    Have done all updates, reinstalled the first script. I do get a message, “You can’t open the application ConfigureMimiTypes because PowerPC applications are no longer supported.

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