FINALLY! Burn Blu-Ray Discs Using Final Cut Pro X

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Dick Osso

Editor’s Note: Blu-ray burning on the Mac has been a challenge since Blu-ray Discs were first introduced.

Still, many of us need to burn DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for our clients – but it is increasingly difficult. Especially Blu-ray, where an apparent bug in Final Cut Pro X causes burns to fail on a regular basis.

Dick Osso decided to figure out the workarounds and gear necessary to burn Blu-ray Discs using FCP X. He sent me the following report.

How I Finally Got Blu-ray to Work Using Apple Final Cut Pro X

Here’s the problem: When you Share a final project to Blu-ray Disc, Final Cut would only go up to 66% then stall and quit. No Blu-ray. Apparently, this is a known issue to Apple and tech support could not figure out the culprit.

Backstory: I waited and waited before I moved up to Catalina. Did so because NEW software required and I heard it was OK.


CS6 Adobe Encore no longer worked on my new iMac, which meant “good-bye Blu-ray.”

I bought Titanium Toast and spoke with their help desk in Bangladesh. Their Help Desk was no help.


Called Apple tech support and moved up the ladder until I spoke with SR support, then to Apple engineering. After three calls, two weeks, and updating to the latest version of Catalina, you can burn a Blu-ray image.

Then, the new problems surfaced: You can’t burn a Blu-ray Disc directly from FCP X. Instead, you need to create an .IMG file on the desktop.

Additionally, Preview does NOT! work, even though there’s a button that says: “Preview!” Unlike DVD Studio Pro or Adobe ENCORE there is NO ACTIVE Preview. You are building BLIND.

So I asked the engineer I was speaking with to PLEASE, PLEASE add an Active Preview. I want to see how everything looks and works on the MAIN PAGE.

Larry, what you don’t see, are the BUTTONS for Chapters or the PLAY button or Menu Button.

Before upgrading to Catalina, 2 of my videographer friends, were creating Blu-ray Discs and burning copies. AND…..under Preview, there existed all the BUTTONS for Navigation.


I asked that engineer to add them, telling her that, currently, I have to wait 2 hours to see the finished Blu-ray DVD, only to discover that things were NOT in the right locations. I would need to fix them, then start the burn again. Then, wait four more hours to see if the second copy was correct.

This wastes time and discs.

BIG NOTE: LARRY, please reach out to APPLE and ask them, implore them, to make the MAIN PAGE NAVIGATION template work. Second, ask them to INCLUDE an ACTIVE PREVIEW so we can see everything as it should be before we send it out to BURN.


  1. Make an image that can be loaded as the “Background” (SEE PREVIEW)
  2. Export only a disk image to your hard disk, don’t burn in FCP X.
  3. Drag the .IMG file to the desktop when Sharing is complete
  4. Then open Terminal and log in.
  5. Type the following command right where Apple left off:

hdiutil burn /users/richardg.osso/Desktop/

NOTE: Replace my name with your user name.

6. Then ADD the location of the .IMG file and what it is called. Type carefully, NO MISTAKES! (The path and file name will vary, depending upon your system.)

hdiutil burn /users/richardg.osso/Desktop/Wedding/Video/BluRay.img

NOTE: The slashes indicate folders. After typing “hdiutil burn” type the path from your Users folder to the file you need to burn. The desktop is a good location because it is an easy path to type.

7. Then press Return and the burn begins and the log looks like this:

When completed, the disk is ejected and the burner shuts off.

Larry, I got Apple to fix part of the BluRay Build as part of the update. They tell me that more fixes are coming as they are aware of the bugs……but, I got NO FEEDBACK on two issues that are critical in the build and I look to you to pass this on or speak with someone in engineering in Apple.

  1. Make the DVD MENU PAGE have a working menu with chapters, a true navigation template.
  2. Build in an active Preview button so we can see the DVD actually work before we export it. Press a Chapter menu button and see the DVD navigate to it.

It took me almost 2 months to get APPLE to make the first fix, just to get beyond the crash at 66%.

I have made DVDs from my Super Drive and one disk in the LG MDISC Blu-ray Burner.


BTW, I had to go to OWC to buy this burner. The Apple Engineer had me go to Best Buy, but they had nothing for MAC and Catalina. I went to a big tech store outside of BOSTON, they had nothing. Finally, went to the Internet and found OWC. I bought it from them. $142 with TAX and Shipping.

Here’s the link:

So if you make any QUICK TIP article from my experience, please include the burner and where to go.


The BluRay DVD Disc I made works, but the Navigation Menu is all messed up. In Preview, I saw only an off-side PLAY button. It’s a real mess. I’d hate to give that to my clients, but they know the journey I’ve been on.

Thanks, Larry

Larry adds: Dick, thanks for your report. I’m publishing this for my readers and sharing your thoughts with my contacts at Apple. Hopefully, they will find time to get this fixed.

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50 Responses to FINALLY! Burn Blu-Ray Discs Using Final Cut Pro X

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  1. Arie Hoffman says:

    Hi Larry
    I can make a BR disc in FCPX but only at 720, and not 2k – is that a bug?



    • Larry says:


      2K is not a supported format. Blu-ray mimics broadcast television. It supports 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080.

      Not 2K.


  2. William White says:

    I have to produce a weekly Church service video on DVD for a local cable broadcast.
    I encountered the sharing to DVD (usually a Compressor Kit -1 Error, often at 66% or earlier if I have a bad frame) after upgrading to FCPX 10.4.8. I have downloaded DVD Creator from Wondershare and will try it.

    I have found sharing to a Masterfile will sometimes reveal an exact location of a bad frame in the video. I can then successfully share to a disk image after deleting the bad frame and burn a SD DVD from the desktop.

    Can we still download FCPX 10.4.7?

  3. baty says:

    Bona Sera, Larry.Question export Final Cut Pro X in macOS Big Sur.Not export Blu ray .No Waveform editing software.Ave tu problem în FCPX? Tanks.

  4. SINCENY 64 says:

    Hi Larry. I purchased new iMac 27″ with 1TB SSD and FCP loaded at factory. Same hangup burning SD DVD at 66%. Is Apple going to resolve this? Yes, I can work around and share to desktop then burn in Toast. Not what I paid for.

    Would be nice to have it work properly. Thanks.

  5. John says:

    I purchased the new M1 Mac Powerbook-OS11.4 Big Sur- with 16GB Memory, 2 TBHD. I used FCP 10.5.2 to do my editing. Exported file to desktop as it would stop when it was time to write using to bluray using OWC bluray burner. Toast 19 Pro worked with burning DVDs but would hang up trying to burn bluray. I finally purchased NCH software “Express Burn” and produced bluray every time successfully.
    I still don’t produce good Menus like DVD Studio Pro use to produce with frame accurate chapters. True… I don’t produce the amount of videos I use to.

    • Larry says:


      This is a great tip. I haven’t heard of NCH Express Burn, but do know that FCP / Compressor have a hard time burning DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned.


  6. Derek Stockton says:

    I am just trying to get the timeline exported to img – but it acts like (at 66 percent) I’m trying to burn a disk but I just want the img File to desk top – am I doing something wrong ?

    Big Sur, m1 Mac mini 8 gb dam

    • Larry says:


      I assume you mean a DMG file, not IMG (which is a still image format). Hmmm… The freeze at 66% is a known bug.

      I suggest calling Apple Support and asking them the steps to create a DMG file, rather than burn a disc.


  7. Hans Douma says:

    This article starts with burning the img-file via Terminal, but you can use the Burn command in Finder as well. I assume the effect would be the same ?
    I used the Finder Burn on a project and the resulting Blu-Ray does play well, but the player makes a sound as if the playhead needs constant repositioning. This would never happen with earlier Blu-Rays I created with Toast, but that app does not work anymore in Catalina 🙁 Too expensive for me to update for 1 or 2 blurays

    Burning Blu-ray directly from FCPX cannot be done, because the option does not even appear in the destination setup

    • Larry says:


      Thanks for your comments. Yes, Blu-ray burning has disappeared from the Destinations menu starting with FCP 10.5; however it hasn’t worked in FCP for a long, long time.

      Which is sad, because many of use need to burn both DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Apple now feels that time is past.


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