While I am still busy on two shows, let me quickly post a nice handy Applescript that my buddy Andreas Keil from LAFCPUG.org made. It is a script that will alert you when FCP is done rendering, much like After Effects beeps when it is done exporting a movie. Handy if you have a long render and want to let your machine do it’s work while you run about your office doing other things.


For ease of use, drop it in your dock. Then, start a render and then click on the app in the dock. Nothing will happen until the render finishes, at which stage your system alert sound should sound five times.

Apparently you must have Universal access activated for this to work – which is is System preferences > Universal Access > tick the box Enable access for assistive devices at the bottom of the window.