Mojave has better eGPU support for FCPX


With the new macOS OX 10.14 Mojave, you can now use Final Cut Pro X with an eGPU. Why do you want to run an eGPU? To sum it up… performance! You will have improved playback and faster rendering with projects that have complex effects and 3D Titles.

It’s VERY easy to enable this new feature.

  1. If Final Cut Pro X is running, quit the application.
  2. Go to the Applications folder. A quick way to get there is to go the Finder, then choose Go > Applications (or Shift-Command-A if you like keyboard shortcuts).
  3. Select the Final Cut Pro X application then choose File > Get Info (Command-I).
  4. An Info window will pop up. Check the Prefer External GPU box.

Note: This option is only available if an eGPU is connected and you are running macOS Mojave.

Read the Apple Support Doc: Use Final Cut Pro X with an external graphics processor (eGPU)

I first read of this new feature in Peter Wiggins (idustrial Revolution)’s article How One Checkbox Just Might Change the Way You Work with Final Cut Pro X.

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About Michele Yamazaki

Michele Yamazaki is Pluginologist for Toolfarm (, a value added reseller and distributor of visual effects software. She recently wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery, which came out in June 2011. She co-authored Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers with Jeremy Hanke, published in 2009 by MWP. Michele started at Postworks as a motion graphics artist. She taught After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. In 2001 she launched and in 2002 co-founded West Michigan Animation & Effects User Group. She is a former board member of MCA-I Mid-Michigan and West Michigan Film & Video Alliance. Michele has a BA from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Dan, her lovely daughter, Lily, and her cat, Tressa.

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