About Devices

Final Cut Server uses devices to store and manage your assets and productions. There are also devices used for specialized functions such as storing proxies, archiving, and tracking asset versions.

You can add, remove, and configure devices that Final Cut Server can use while managing your system. Devices can be as simple as a folder on the Final Cut Server computer, an FTP server, or an Apple Xsan volume.

There are two methods you can use to add and edit devices within Final Cut Server: using Device Setup Assistant in Final Cut Server System Preferences and using the Devices pane of the client’s Administration window. This chapter explains how to use the Devices pane of the client’s Administration window. For information about using Device Setup Assistant in Final Cut Server System Preferences, see the Final Cut Server Setup Guide.

About Creating Devices Using Device Setup Assistant

Device Setup Assistant in Final Cut Server System Preferences is simple to use and includes additional features, such as a scan and transcode settings configuration ability. Manually configuring similar features would require you to use multiple Administration window panes.

Device Setup Assistant also makes it much easier to install certain kinds of devices, such as network devices and Xsan volumes, by simplifying the number of settings. Additionally, Device Setup Assistant verifies all settings you make before allowing you to continue to the next step. (Devices created with the Administration window are not verified until you actually use them.)

The drawbacks of using Device Setup Assistant are that you do not have access to some of the more esoteric settings and that you cannot configure several device types, such as a Contentbase file system or an edit-in-place device that does not use an Xsan volume.

About Creating Devices Using the Administration Window

The Devices pane of the Administration window gives you access to many more device settings than Device Setup Assistant. Most users, however, do not require these settings, although they can be useful in some situations. The Administration window is the only place that you can configure devices using the Contentbase file system or an edit-in-place device that does not use an Xsan volume.

Although you can configure network devices with the Administration window, it is more difficult with its variety of settings.