Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Forums Apple Final Cut Pro Legacy Serial number woes – moderately urgent.

  • Serial number woes – moderately urgent.

  • Nico Jones

    February 28, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Hi Chaps,

    I won’t bore you with the details of why I need this, but…

    I’m running FCS2 on a machine. It was upgraded from FCP1. I appear to have misplaced the original serial number for the full FCP1. I need it for process of elimination purposes on another machine!

    Is there any record stored on the mac that will give a hint at the FCP1 serial number? Much like the FCS2 serial number is displayed when you click ‘about final cut’.

    I’ve opened that ‘Final Cut Studio System ID’ file with text edit but it appears to be nonsense. Am I opening this file with the wrong program?

    Any ideas? I know it’s a dumbass question, but there you go.


  • Andy Mees

    February 28, 2008 at 11:14 am

    >Is there any record stored on the mac that will give a hint at the FCP1 serial number?

    Nope, sorry but there isn’t. You’ll have to rummage around a little longer for that lost serial number.

  • Tom Wolsky

    February 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

    If you have proof of purchase you might be able to get it from Apple. Try an Apple store.

    Do you rally have FCS2 running on your machine? If you do why do you need the FCS1 serial number?

    All the best,


    Class on Demand DVDs “Complete Training for FCP6,” “Basic Training for FCS2” and “Final Cut Express Made Easy”
    Author: “Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials” and “Final Cut Express 3.5 HD Editing Workshop”

  • Nico Jones

    February 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Ah yes, I was a little vague…

    OK, we have 2 macs in the office. Each with FCS2 that has been upgraded from FCP1.

    Mac 1’s hard drive got messed up, and the OS had to be cleanly re-installed. So now I need to re-install FCS2. To do it from the upgrade I need the serial for FCP1.

    But also, I could do with knowing the FCP1 serial for Mac 2 just so I don’t go and install the same version by accident, when given a choice of 2 serial numbers – assuming I find them.


    Thanks for the help, chaps!

    Nico J BB

  • Mitch Sink

    February 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm


    I NEVER type a serial number into a program. I type them into a Password Storage Program. Then I click the Copy Button in the Password Program, then paste it into the program, confirming I typed it correctly.

    I have the serial number for every program on my system stored on my hard drive and I never manually type a serial number more than once. Of course I back it up.

    Best Wishes,


  • Lee Burrows

    March 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Mitch. That password program sounds interesting. Care to share the name of it?

    BTW – I’m in the same boat as Nico except my 5.0 version was the mail back crossgrade that Apple did and so I need version 4.5’s serial #. I installed on my desktop but waited to do it on my laptop and am paying the price as I misplaced 4.5′ serial number. Pain in the butt trying to sort this out:(

    Thanks Much


    Mac OS X (10.4.10)
    1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
    Dual 2 GHz Processor
    Power PC G5
    FCP 5.1.4
    Black Magic Decklink Extreme
    Sony UVW 1800
    Motion 2

  • Mitch Sink

    March 27, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Lee,

    Sorry for the late reply (I was not following the thread). I just switched to 1Password which is great for Web Site Passwords. It works for Serial Numbers but it is a little kludgy (store them as secure notes). Still a better solution than scraps of paper etc.:

    If $20 is OK this looks good (I haven’t tried it):

    I think this donationware would work fine also (I might put my Serial Numbers in it and use 1Password for the Web):

    Best Wishes,


Viewing 1 - 7 of 7 posts

Log in to reply.

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy