About Unicode Support

Final Cut Server can store textual metadata as Unicode using UTF-8 encoding. This means it can support a wide range of multibyte character sets including a range of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters. Unicode metadata can be stored, modified, and searched through the Final Cut Server user interface.

Further, the Final Cut Server client can use the local settings of the operating system on which it is installed. In addition to displaying Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, the Final Cut Server client uses local settings such as date and number formats when displaying data.

When writing media to storage devices, Final Cut Server is constrained by the capabilities of each device and the application programming interface (API) of each device. At present, Final Cut Server supports Unicode characters on Filesystem and Contentbase devices. See Device Type Details for more information on these device types.

From a technical perspective, the Final Cut Server server uses UTF-32 internally to represent all its metadata and converts to UTF-8 when writing to the catalog, transmitting metadata to the client user interface, or to the agents that interact with devices (where the devices support Unicode). When talking to devices, the Final Cut Server server transcodes files to the specified encoding format each time the files are moved to or from the device. Encoding support for devices includes all types of Unicode; the Windows encodings; and the common Chinese, Japanese, and Korean encodings.

Note: It is important to install the native language version of Java on any computer that requires Unicode support in the user interface. It is also important to have operating system support for the language and character set. Refer to Mac Help and the Sun Java websites for further details.