Installing MotionBend


Follow these simple steps to install MotionBend Stand-Alone and MotionBend Plugin for Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

If you have downloaded the MotionBend Assistant, please see the Assistant Installation Guide.

If you are updating a previous version of MotionBend, finish editing and render all unfinished projects, process all pending jobs in the Batch Processor. If you are updating the plugin make sure to run the final install step in these instructions.

Check Preferences

You need to make sure your System Preferences allow you to use apps that are not downloaded from the App store.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and start System Preferences
  2. Select Security & Privacy
  3. Click on the lock icon to allow changes, you will probably have to enter your password
  4. Select "Allow apps downloaded from Mac App Store and identified developers"
System Preferences


If you haven't done so already, download MotionBend.

Locate the downloaded file and double click it. If the download was successful, the MotionBend disk image is now mounted and opens in a window.

Disk image window

Copy to Applications

Drag the MotionBend icon and drop it on the Applications folder icon. MotionBend is now installed, continue with the following steps to set the licence key and enable the plugin.

You can copy to another location, if you desire.

The First Run

The first time you run MotionBend you will need to read and agree to the End User Licence Agreement (EULA).

EULA window

Enter Licence Key

If you have a licence key, enter it or click on the Evaluation Mode button.

You can register later by using the Licence option in the Help menu.

Licence Window

Install Plugin (optional)

From the Help menu, select "Install FCPX Plugin". Using this option will install necessary files for both Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

Note: there are some points to be aware of,

  • The MotionBend Stand-Alone application must be copied to a mounted disk for the plugin to work, preferably in Applications. You cannot run MotionBend from the DMG, install the plugin files and then unmount the DMG.
  • You must run MotionBend Stand-Alone from double clicking the icon in order to properly register the plugin with macOS.
  • Avoid having more than one copy of MotionBend on a mounted disk. FCPX and Motion could become confused about which version you want to use.

Help Menu