Along with the documentation that comes with Final Cut Server, there are a variety of
other resources you can use to find out more about Final Cut Server.
Final Cut Server Website
For general information and updates, as well as the latest news on Final Cut Server, go
Apple Service and Support Websites
For software updates and answers to the most frequently asked questions for all Apple
products, go to the general Apple Support webpage. You’ll also have access to product
specifications, reference documentation, and Apple and third-party product technical
For software updates, documentation, discussion forums, and answers to the most
frequently asked questions for Final Cut Server, go to:
For discussion forums for all Apple products from around the world, where you can search
for an answer, post your question, or answer other users’ questions, go to:
Welcome to Final Cut Server
This chapter provides an overview of the Final Cut Server, including information about
the Final Cut Server workflow and how to install the Final Cut Server client.
This chapter covers the following:
About Final Cut Server
The Final Cut Server Client Workflow
Installing the Final Cut Server Client
About Final Cut Server
Final Cut Server works similarly to other client/server computer networks. A client computer
sends a request to the server computers. Upon receiving the request, the server computer
performs a job to process the request and then sends the result (or message of completion
of the job) back to the client computer. Jobs can include uploading, copying, transcoding,
cataloging, and otherwise tracking media files. Media can be stored on the server
computer’s internal and external drives as well as on many supported network devices.
Larger facilities may use an Apple Xsan storage area network (SAN) for asset and
The Final Cut Server client is the focus of this user manual. The Final Cut Server client is
software that communicates with the Final Cut Server server. The client allows you, one
of multiple users, to access the assets shared across your organization’s system. In your
Final Cut Server client, you can quickly search your organization’s asset catalog and transfer
media files between your local computer and the devices on which the assets are stored.
You can run the Final Cut Server client on Mac OS X and Windows XP or Windows Vista
operating systems. For information about system requirements, see the Before You Install
Final Cut Server and the Final Cut Server Setup Guide documents.
The Final Cut Server client provides many features to help you manage your media. These
features all use Final Cut Server assets. When you upload a media or project file to
Final Cut Server, an asset is created for it. This asset contains metadata, the original file
(called the primary representation file), and proxy copies of the primary representation file
that are used within Final Cut Server.