I Just Upgraded to Monterey – Here’s What I Learned

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“Change is the only constant in life” is a true saying. But, when it comes to operating system upgrades, I tend to be far from the bleeding edge.

My attitude is that, as editors, our role in life is to tell stories using moving images, not beta test software. While I tend to update applications within a couple of days after release, I take much more time before upgrading the operating system.

That’s because the operating system is the foundation of everything we do on our computers. It truly is the brains behind the whole operation; the CPU is simply carrying out instructions. If macOS breaks, or has significant bugs, our computers become essentially non-functional.

I don’t need that level of stress.

Like most of us, I read Mac-oriented websites to see what problems other people are having to determine how significant any issues might be. Not all bugs are life-threatening.

Over the years, I’ve developed a personal rule that I don’t update any version of the macOS until Apple releases a .1 update. (In the case of Big Sur, which had a ton of initial problems, I waited until the .2 update was available.)

The good news is that waiting doesn’t hurt anything. There are no new features in Final Cut, Premiere or Resolve that suddenly “appear” with an update.

NOTE: However, that’s not true with the shift to Apple Silicon, where there are features supported in Apple Silicon computers that don’t exist in Intel-based systems.

So, a couple of weeks after Apple released macOS 12.1 (Monterey), I finally upgraded.


Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve all seem to work OK. I had a few minor problems – detailed in the Notes section below – but haven’t encountered anything major. However, prior to updating the OS, I also updated all my applications to make sure I was running the latest version of everything.

The main reason I’m writing this tutorial is to provide an opportunity for you to add comments discussing any problems you discovered in your upgrade.

NOTE: As with any upgrade, if there is software you absolutely depend upon, be sure to visit the developer’s website to verify it will work properly on macOS Monterey before upgrading.


My 2017 iMac – which is my main system until Apple releases the long-rumored 27″ M1 iMac – was running Big Sur 11.6.1.

Go to System Preferences > Software Update to begin the upgrade process.

The initial download is fairly quick and this screen appears. Click Continue.

Specify where you want to install the new software. In virtually all cases, you’ll put this on your internal drive – Macintosh HD.

The full download takes a while, depending upon the speed of your Internet connection and the activity of Apple’s servers. For me, this download took slightly longer than an hour.

After the download was complete, the installation itself started. That took about two hours. There was nothing I needed to do, except check the system every once in a while to see if things were done.


I noticed several minor things changed after the update.

First, Apple Mail, which I use as my email client, needed to reindex all my emails.

I reset my desktop picture because I don’t particularly like the strong graphics used by macOS Monterey.

I use a FocusRite A/D converter to connect all my analog gear to my computer via USB. It seems that this connection now needs to be reset on a daily basis. (To do this, simply unplug the USB connection into the back of the computer, wait 15 seconds, then reconnect it.)

The update also seemed to reset all my Final Cut Pro preferences.

However, as far as my existing editing software was concerned, everything seems to run the same as always. Which was a great relief.

NOTE: I should mention that I upgraded all my applications as updates became available, in the weeks prior to upgrading to Monterey. There were only a couple apps that needed to be updated after Monterey was installed.

UPDATE  – Jan. 11, 2022

Philip Snyder writes:

Just wanted to let you know that since upgrading my 27″ 2019 iMac to 12.1 Monterey, I’m unable to burn a Blu-ray disc. I’m using Compressor 4.6.

My workflow is to export a ProRes 422 file and put that into Compressor to create a Blu-ray Disc Image. After burning, the media is indicated on the disc by the 453.6 MB file size. Yet my Blu-ray Disc player shows a blank disc.

When I burn a DVD with the same ProRes 442 file, it works. In addition, when I burn Blu-ray from a Disc Image made before I upgraded to Monterey, it works too.

I’ve consulted Apple tech support and they’re researching the problem. I know many filmmakers don’t make Blu-rays anymore but I’d still like to have that option.


From beginning to end, the entire upgrade process took about four hours.

So far, five days after the update, everything seems to be working fine. Please share your experiences in the Comments, below.

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33 Responses to I Just Upgraded to Monterey – Here’s What I Learned

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  1. Gary Underwood says:

    Where can I find info on upgrade from Catalina to Big Sur. I just need to get my MacBook running the same FCPX version as my iMac. Using Monterey at work and it seems to be fine – but not ready to make that leap on my personal stuff. Thanks as always. Gary

  2. Northern Visions says:

    Upgraded to Monterey as my new iMac running Big Sur kept crashing for no apparent reason…now it will not recognise firewire which I use along with FCPX to digitise DV tapes. Can’t even use Quicktime now to digitise footage. Adobe Premiere sadly dropped its ability to capture via firewire some time ago.

    • Larry says:

      Really? Firewire doesn’t work anymore?

      Thanks for letting us know. This is a good reason to get all your DV tapes converted to digital storage before upgrading. Clearly, if we don’t we’ll lose access to all that vintage media.


  3. Northern Visions says:

    Update re: firewire. Tried a different DV deck and firewire capture now works for FCPX and quicklime….but sadly not Adobe premiere

  4. Joe Ake says:

    It seems to me there were some interesting changes in the display settings area in settings?

  5. I upgraded to Monterey 12.1 and now Compressor 4.6 is broken. It fails to load projects and export new files. I need this for daily work. FAIL.

  6. Rick says:

    After upgrading my Retina 5k iMac to Monterey AND updating all my Adobe Creative Cloud apps I’m happy to report everything seems to be working perfectly (knock wood). Only thing I’ve noticed is Premiere takes about 30 seconds to launch after clicking on it…THAT’S IT!

  7. Grant says:

    I recently upgraded my MacOS on my iMac to Monterey and unfortunately now I am unable to send jobs from FCPX to Compressor. It starts and Compressor as normal but after starting the job in Compressor it just churns away for approx 3-4 mins and then just dumps the job.

    Have tried all manner of support fixes and re-installing Compressor but still no joy. Very frustrating.

  8. Anthony says:

    Hi Larry. Do you know of or foresee any issues going from Catalina to Monterey on 2015 5k Retina iMac. My key software is Premier Pro 15.4.1 (ie: 2021, NOT 2022). Aside from some plugins not working well or at all, my system runs great. I’d like to get current, but I’m worried that I may upend the Applecart. (see what I did there…)

    • Larry says:


      Well… The jump from Mojave to Catalina was significant with the loss of all 32-bit media and applications. Since then, upgrades have been important but not nearly as traumatic. Without knowing all the software on your system – ah, no, please don’t send a list – I can’t promise there won’t be problems. However, by now, most of the unintended bugs should be ironed out.

      Typical rules apply: BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM!! before upgrading. Then, allow a day for the upgrading, chasing down problems and upgrading your software. Given this jump, you’ll most likely need to upgrade all of it.


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