Adding a Device Using the Administration Window

You can manually add a device in the client’s Administration window. Adding a device with the Administration window is a bit different from adding a device with System Preferences:

Note: It is strongly suggested that you do not create any devices on the server computer’s startup disk. Devices contain large media files and can use all of the available disk space of their hard disk, which causes serious issues if that hard disk is also the startup disk.

To add a device using the Administration window
  1. Open a Final Cut Server client and log in as a user with administrator privileges.

  2. Choose Administration from the Server pop-up menu (the pop-up menu in the Final Cut Server main window that appears when you click the Server button).

    The Administration window appears.

  3. Click Devices in the column on the left to open the Devices pane.

    Figure. Administration window showing the Devices pane and Create button.
  4. Click the Create button to add a new device.

    The Devices window appears.

    Figure. Devices window.
  5. Choose the device type to add from the Device Type pop-up menu:

    • Contentbase: A file system unique to Final Cut Server that renames each asset and places it in a folder that also contains a file with the original name. An advantage of Contentbase is that you can add files to it without any chance of a filename conflict (which can be useful when you have many graphics files that share filenames). The disadvantages are that you cannot create a folder structure and the renamed files can be difficult to work with outside of Final Cut Server.

      Important: The Proxies, Edit Proxies, and Version devices must use the Contentbase file system. Additionally, Contentbase devices cannot be watched by a watcher automation.

    • FTP Server: This device type uses FTP to transfer media to and from it.
    • Filesystem: This is the traditional file system used by most computers. It supports subfolders and normal filenames.

    The Devices window changes to reflect the device type you chose. You can choose a different device type if necessary.

    Figure. Devices window showing the Device Type pop-up menu.
  6. Configure the device type’s settings, then click Save Changes.