Searching Devices

Final Cut Server includes the ability to search any connected device. This allows you to examine the contents of a device, including items that have not been added to the Final Cut Server catalog.

To open the Search Devices window
  • Choose Search Devices 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).

Figure. Search Devices window.
To search a device’s contents
  1. Choose the device to search from the Device pop-up menu.

  2. Click Search.

    Figure. Search Devices window showing search results.

By default, clicking the Search button searches from the device’s root level. You can enter text to search for in the search field.

Important: Be sure to enter entire words in the search field. Unlike the search field in the Final Cut Server main window, the Search Devices search field does not return full words if you search for a partial word. For example, if you want to find all assets that contain the word “frame,” you must search for the entire word. Searching for “fra” will only find assets with the word “fra” and the word “frame” will not be found.

Other Ways to Search Devices

After opening the Search Devices window, you can click Choose to open a window that allows you to specify a folder to search. This window allows you to browse the contents of the device.

Figure. Open window.

You can double-click a folder to show its contents, or you can use the buttons along the top edge to manage this dialog.

Figure. Up One Level button, Home button, New Folder button, Thumbnails View button, and List View button in the Open window.

Once you are showing the folder you want to search, click Open to close this dialog and return to the Search Devices window.

Managing Device Items

The Search Devices window provides several ways to work with the items that it lists. These include the Catalog button and a shortcut menu that appears when you Control-click an item.

About the Catalog Button

When you select one or more items in the Search Devices window, the Catalog button becomes active. Clicking the Catalog button allows you to add the asset to the Final Cut Server catalog.

Figure. Catalog button in the Search Devices window.

Note: It is possible that the selected item is already an asset in the Final Cut Server catalog. You can determine whether the item is in the catalog by either searching for it in the Assets pane or by using the shortcut menu (described next) to try and delete it. When you choose Delete from the shortcut menu, a dialog appears that lists what you are about to delete, including whether it is being removed from the catalog.

About the Shortcut Menu

You can Control-click an item to open a shortcut menu with several options. Although many of these options look similar to the options you see when you Control-click an asset in the Assets pane, they can function differently.

Figure. Shortcut menu.
  • Catalog asset: This adds the item to the Final Cut Server catalog, exactly as the Catalog button does.
  • Get Info: This opens a window that lists information about the selected item. This includes some metadata items that do not appear when you look at the asset within the Assets pane. See About QuickTime Metadata for more information.
  • View Image: This opens a window in the item’s default application to view it. Unlike the View item in the Assets pane shortcut menu, you are not able to choose to view the proxy files and instead always view the original images. For large video files, this may take some time because the original media files must be copied from the device to your local cache before you can view them.
  • Export: You can use Export to make a local copy of the selected item. You are able to choose the location and a transcode setting to use (if applicable) for the export process.
  • Duplicate: You can use Duplicate to make a copy of the selected item onto any of the Final Cut Server devices. The copied version of the item is not added to the Final Cut Server catalog, regardless of whether the original item is in the catalog.
  • Delete: You can use Delete to remove the selected item from the device. This actually deletes the file. When you choose Delete, a dialog appears that lists the items that will be deleted, including assets from the Final Cut Server catalog if this item was a part of it.

    Note: It can be useful to use Delete to determine whether an item is in the Final Cut Server catalog or not—just be careful to not accidentally delete an item.