Configuring Access for Part-Time Distributed Processing

Follow the instructions below to set up a “part-time” distributed processing system.

Before you get started, keep these essentials in mind:

  1. Stage 1: Installing Compressor and/or Apple Qmaster

    The necessary components of Compressor or Apple Qmaster need to be installed on each computer. See Stage 1: Installing the Software for more information.

    On any given Final Cut Studio system or network, the Compressor and Apple Qmaster versions (numbers) and the version of QuickTime must all match. For example, Compressor 3.0.5 will work only with the 3.0.5 version of Apple Qmaster, and no other version. In this example, the correct version of QuickTime is QuickTime 7.5.5 or later. Non-matching configurations are not supported.

    Important: The Compressor distributed processing feature for Dolby Digital Professional (AC-3) and Final Cut Pro is limited to computers that have Final Cut Studio installed.

  2. Stage 2: Setting Up Media Storage

    Make sure each computer has the necessary available storage, preferably a dedicated media volume. For example, give each computer a second volume, such as a FireWire drive, that is used for media. Each computer can use this volume for all source and destination files associated with distributed processing.

    If you are a Compressor user, you can skip to one of the following chapters to complete the setup of your part-time distributed processing system:

    If you are a Shake user and you cannot consolidate all of the necessary source files (Shake scripts, media files, and so on) on a single-cluster storage volume, skip to Additional Steps for Distributed Processing with Shake before going on to stage 3.

  3. Stage 3: Creating a Cluster

    First, use the Apple Qmaster pane of System Preferences to enable cluster controlling on one of the computers and enable the processing services on all the computers (making them service nodes). Then, you can assemble these computers as a cluster. Apple Qadministrator may not be necessary. See Administering Clusters for detailed instructions.