Motion 4 and FCP Problems

Every time I send a file to motion from Final Cut, add filters, text.. etc.. i either one can't see all the video in motion or 2 after I save it in motion and go back into final cut-every place I've applied my changes in motion I get a completely black timeline and canvas windows. None of my final cut transitions play in motion as well.

You didn't say what versions you are using but I'd try first trashing prefs:
1) Quit Motion.
2) Navigate to User/Library/Preferences.
3) Locate and delete it.
And then if that doesn't help, do this
And if that doesn't help perhaps reinstall just the Motion app using Pacifist and run software update

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    Well after actually starting in on the real construction of this project it has become very obvious it must be assembled in FCP.
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    And they stumble on playback.
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    The video plays back pretty clean...
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    coocooforcocoapuffs wrote:
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